Festivals And Events In Egypt
Festivals And Events In Egypt

A true tourist is someone who gathers all the information and then plans his holiday. Even travellers need to know what time to visit and what Festivals And Events Of Egypt not to miss. In Egypt, nothing moves people as much as religion. Since, with every hundred feet the world changes, it’s sensible to find out what affects people and how to plan a perfect Egypt Tours.

General Information

Ancient Name :  The Egyptian Kingdom / Misr

Culture Name:   Egyptian

Nick Name:  Gift of Nile

Previously Called:    The United Arab Republic

Now Officially Called:   Arab Republic of Egypt

Religions in Egypt:      Islam (Sunni Shia)

Christianity (Coptic Orthodoxy Greek, Orthodox Catholicism, Protestantism)


Languages:    Egyptian Arabic

Sa’idi Arabic


Egypt Religion

Religions play a vital role in Egypt social life. Since, 75% of Egypt’s population is Muslim, with a Sunni majority; Islam affects social aspects of Egypt more. However, 22% of the population is Coptic Christian whereas other religions and other forms of Christianity comprise the remaining three percent. That’s why; Christianity has its own place here. To better understand, go to Egyptian Calendar and Holidays.

Egypt Festivals

We can classify Egypt festivals into 2 categories:

  • Religious Festivals
  • Music/Art Festivals

Some of these are observed as holidays too. Let’s start with important Religious Festivals:

  • Ramadan: This is the most important Islamic festival that’s observed for a month with fasting and all. It is a celebration of the revelation of Qur’an to the Prophet Mohammed. Traditionally all Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset throughout the month. Even if they break their fast at sunset; drinking, smoking etc. are still abstained for total month. It is considered to be a time of keen holiness. This month affect restaurants schedules and shops stay closed till sundown. Opening hours for tourism sites may shift as well, closing one hour earlier to allow employees to get home to break the fast. The ending of Ramadan is celebrated with Eid-al-Fitr, a national holiday.Visiting Egypt in this time is a rewarding experience. But even if you are not observing fast, be considerate of the fact that most people are fasting. Refrain from smoking and eating in public.
  • Coptic Easter: The most revered holidays in a Coptic Calendar. To commemorate the rising of Jesus after crucifixion and is celebrated on the Sunday after the first full moon that follows the vernal equinox. Traditionally, 55 days fast follows Easter Sunday is called ‘Great Fast’. Holy Week is the final week of the great fast. It starts with Palm Sunday, seven days before Easter. People gather, pray and perform religious ceremonies in churches. All animal products, including milk, butter, and cheese, are not to be eaten. During this week, Coptic Christians pray daily at church. On the Great Friday or Good Friday, wearing black and drinking vinegar to mourn the death of Jesus is the general norm. Easter Sunday is the day of celebration. Family dinners are served to break the long period of fasting. New clothes are also bought and worn as Coptic Christians visit family members and friends at their houses.
  • Sham El Nessim: A national holiday to mark the beginning of spring. The day after Easter Sunday is observed as this auspicious festival known as Sham El Nessim. This celebration goes back to the times of ancient Egypt. So, Easter Monday is known as “Spring Day,” and in Arabic as “Sham al-Nessim“. Its origins are ancient Egyptian and the day is kept by people throughout the country of various faiths. Egyptians from all religions celebrate together by going out to the parks, colouring eggs, and eating salted fish.

These 3 are very important and marked Festivals Of Egypt are religious holidays. Apart from these 3, there are moulids, Eids, Coptic Christmas, Pharaonic Wedding, Abu Simbel Festivals, and etc.

Likewise, Music and Art Festivals of Egypt also paints a very colourful picture of Egypt. No official holiday or any other bother, just enjoyment such as:

  • Arabic Music Festival: The annual festival may not be observed as holiday, but held at Cairo Opera House celebrates the music of Northern Africa. The traditional and classic Arabic Music is revived through concerts; live performances etc. to keep the cultural extravaganza keep flowing and growing.
  • Cloud9 Music Festival: A music festival that is held in the sand of Sinai beaches is one of the non-commercial shows that bring music lovers and tourists to enjoy the underground music openly. Independent musicians stage a series of concerts and workshops through this multi day feat appreciating the natural delight of Sinai.
  • 3alganoob Music Festival: A spring day musical, multiday starrer camping festival held to promote the lifestyle of tribes and Red Sea beaches are one of the best Egypt tourism has to offer.  This extravaganza comprises of independent movies, live bands, jamming sessions, drum shows, yoga lectures and beach cleanups etc.

Join the fun and be a part of a colourful Egyptian Festivals. NILE HOLIDAY  loves to bring you the true essence of Egypt without cost.

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Some of the most common questions asked by tourists.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it Safe to Visit Egypt?
It is straightforward, yes, as millions visit in relative safety each year. Egypt's crime rates are low (almost not exist). Security is good and there are Tourist Police, who are always nearby upon your request at all tourist sights.
Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to join a trip in Egypt?

Egypt lifted all COVID-19-related entry restrictions for all travelers, whether Egyptians or foreigners. However the answer is yes because it protects you against any diseases that may come your way.

The COVID-19 map is updated regularly and due to the ever-changing nature of the regulations, we strongly advise that you check with your airline and if they endorse or recommend any provider before you travel.


What are the formalities for entry to Egypt?

Obtaining required travel documents including visas is your sole responsibility. Entry visa requirements vary by country of residence and by nationality “passport you are holding”. Entry requirement are subject to change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please contact your nearest Egyptian Embassy or Consulate for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.

We recommend you secure an e-Visa prior to travel as it will speed up the immigration process on your arrival. Online applications can be completed at: https://www.visa2egypt.gov.eg

When is the best season to go?

Spring (March–May) and autumn (Oct & Nov) are the best times to visit Egypt, when it’s hot but not debilitating so. In summer (June–Sept) the south and desert are ferociously hot and the pollution in Cairo is at its worst, with only the coast offering a respite from the heat. During this time, sightseeing is best limited to early morning or afternoon “Historical places are opening almost from 06:00 to 17:00”. In winter (Dec–Feb), most places are reasonably warm during the day, but chilly at night, while the desert can get very cold indeed. The Mediterranean Coast can be windy and wet in winter.

If weather is your primary concern, it is clear now that the best time to visit Egypt is during the northern hemisphere fall, winter or early spring (October to April), when temperatures are cooler but you are still guaranteed sun. To avoid the crowds at ancient sites like the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel, try to avoid peak season (Christmas and New Year holidays). Tourism in Egypt is booming this time of the year so make sure you plan in advance.

What is the internet access like in Egypt?
Internet access is growing in Egypt, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots becoming increasingly common in large cities, though access may be limited in smaller town and remote areas and the speed will likely be slower than what you are used to back home. All four and five star hotels in Egypt must provide internet access. Often it will be free WiFi access in the hotel lobby, and free or chargeable WiFi, or dial-up access in your hotel room. So don't worry, you'll be able to post that perfect Instagram shot in front of the Pyramids with no trouble whatsoever! You can buy a local SIM card to use for your local communication and your family/friends can also reach you.
Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Egypt?

To avoid roaming charges, it's probably best to buy a local SIM card in Egypt. Local SIM cards can be used on most unlocked phones from Europe, Asia and Australia and some unlocked phones from North America, but because Egypt's mobile phones run on a GSM network, a lot of cellphones from the US may not work. You'll still be able to access WI-FI when it's available, but a mobile plan may not be an appropriate way to get connected.

For most other travelers, picking up a local SIM is probably your least expensive course of action. Egypt has four main telecommunications providers – Orange, Vodafone, Etisalat and WE – and you can visit one of their kiosks or stores to get a SIM card. Here, they may ask for a passport and confirmation of address, then you will be able to get your mobile connected.

Can I use ATM in Egypt??
ATMs, once a rarity in Egypt, are now common in large cities and tourist destinations. Moreover, most tourist shops, restaurants, etc. accept Credit cards (Visa Card and MasterCard) as well as foreign currencies. In many places you will be charged a percentage of the sale (anywhere between 3% and 5%) to use them.
Do I need to change money before travel to Egypt?

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (EGP, E£ or LE). You don't have to change money before arriving in Egypt. Money exchange service is easily available through banks and the Money exchange bureau. You will get a better rate for your USD, Euro or Sterling pounds, etc. in Egypt.

How much cash should I bring to Egypt?

Many travelers like to arrive with some local money to pay for initial expenses. Booking at Nile Holiday programs will include the prices of accommodation, transportation and some meals depends on your requested tour package. However, don’t plan on exchanging all the cash you’ll need for your trip to Egypt before you arrival. You can bring up to 10,000 USD or the equivalent in foreign currency and then swap it for Egyptian pounds at a currency exchange. Currency exchanges are found in all airports and many big hotels. Banks will also exchange foreign notes. Tour operators and hotels actually prefer to be paid in dollars, Euros so consider keeping some notes aside. Of course, exchange rates are subject to constant change. For the most up-to-date rates use an online currency converter like XE com

What to wear in Egypt?

Egypt is a desert country that means the climate will be hot, sunny and dry.

Summer temperatures in southern cities like Luxor and Aswan can reach heights of 50°C (122°F) and don’t always drop at night. So, Light fabrics like linen, cotton and athletic gear made to take the heat are best. Just remember to cover up from your shoulders to below the knee.

Women are expected to dress more conservatively than men, for visits to mosques, female travelers should wear clothing that covers from ankle to elbow as well as decolletage and hair. Aside from mosque visits, you don’t have to cover your head. But being culturally sensitive by covering up is expected and respectful. The people of Egypt are well aware that not all people travelling are Muslim. If you want to swim, you can pack your regular swimsuit. All hotels with pools that cater to foreigners do not have dress codes.

Winters are generally mild, although temperatures can fall below 10°C (50°F) at night. If you’re travelling in winter, don’t underestimate the cool change that can come in the evenings, especially if you’re spending the night in the desert or on a Nile cruise. A light fleece or jacket should be sufficient to keep you warm on Egypt’s chillier nights specially at the end of December and January.  

Must-pack items for Egypt Trip?

  • Long, baggy skirts and/or pants

  • Long-sleeved t-shirts

  • Wide-brimmed hat

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Power adapter

  • Spare batteries/charger

  • Sunglasses

  • Bathing suit

  • Flip-flops

  • A scarf or shawl for women to cover their hair when visiting mosques

  • A light fleece or jacket if travelling outside of summer

  • All Travel documents

  • The below packing list should be used as a guide only and is not intended to be a complete packing list to suit every one.

  • If you have any questions about what to pack, please get in touch with us.

Is tipping customary in Egypt?

Tipping is customary for pretty much all services in Egypt. If you’re happy with the service provided by waiters, drivers and other workers, leaving a small tip is a good way to show your appreciation. For smaller purchases, rounding up the bill or not asking for any change is an appropriate way of leaving a tip. The amount you tip in Egypt will depend on where you are and what type of services you’re buying. As a general rule, expect to tip around 5-10% of your bill. Tipping encourages excellent service in the future and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. Carrying small notes in the local currency will make tipping easier in Egypt. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service

What is shopping like in Egypt?

Shopping in Egypt is one of the most important experiences where all the beautiful natural and man-made artifacts which include jewellery, leatherwork, cotton textiles, glassware, brass and copperware are in your reach at very affordable prices. The Shisha, the traditional Egyptian waterpipe, a large collection of backgammon boards, decorative boxes, and many other handicrafts made by local artisans are spread all over the touristic markets in Egypt. Some of the fantastic local markets that you can explore on your trip to Egypt are the Khan El Khalili Bazaars in Cairo, the tourists market in Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh.

Cairo’s bazaars offer an infinite choice of jewellery, cotton textiles, leatherwork, glassware, brass and copperware, plus the world’s best selection of bellydancing costumes. The most popular souvenirs are Egyptian Papyrus Paper, the gold or silver cartouches with names in hieroglyphics. Alabaster figurines and vases are cheaper in the alabaster factories on Luxor’s west bank. While Aswan’s market is the best for spices, incense, basketwork, perfumes and natural essences and the elegant handmade perfume bottles are another popular souvenir.

Cotton textiles, the worldwide famous Egyptian cotton made products would be a good choice to buy in Egypt. Many shops, found in touristic and local markets and in large shopping malls sell pure cotton made shirts, trousers, and the famous traditional Galabeya, the Egyptian loose all in one robe. There are also some nice scarves, bed sheets, and bed covers sold almost everywhere in Egypt.

What if I have a problem?

Complaints should be made to the Tourist Police. For assistance, contact your agent, guide or hotel reception.

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