How to Celebrate the Christmas in Egypt

Egypt is the best must-see tourist destination to spend the Christmas holiday where you will adopt some distinctive traditions of the Christmas celebration. For travelers, Christmas in Egypt isn’t only a religious occasion, but also a cultural carnival and an amazing adventure to ancient history. Celebrate your Christmas holiday with the ancient pharaohs among their historical sightseeing of thousands of years ago. Here are the best things to do during Christmas in Egypt to have a memorable holiday in the land of Pharaohs:

1. Enjoy the Christmas at Giza Pyramids

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New year celebration during the sound and light show at Giza pyramids

When a piece of heaven fell to earth, it gained the name the Giza pyramid complex due to its beauty, superiority, and greatness. The pyramids act as a true reflection of the everlasting glory of the ancient Egyptian civilization that acted as the official motto of Egypt of the ancient Egyptian civilization. The complex came to be in Egypt old Kingdom2686 -2181 BC” the golden age of construction. It consists of the Three Great Pyramids and the celestial guardian of Egypt the sphinx. The three Pyramids of the Giza complex consists of the Great Pyramid of King Khufu which is the only surviving monuments of the seven wonders of the ancient world, it was the tallest man-made structure ever constructed in 2580 BC at the height of 146.5 m for more than 3.800 years until the construction of the Lincoln Cathedral in England in 1311, all for containing the tomb of pharaoh Khufu. The pyramid of King Khafre is the second tallest pyramid built in the 4th dynasty and the tomb of pharaoh Khafre “2558-2532 BC” who is known for constructing the great sphinx in his own image to be the world’s oldest & biggest man-made statue ever created and finally comes the smallest of the three, the pyramid of Menkaure which was built in 2510 BC to complete the legacy of the golden age of construction.

2. Celebrate Christmas Holiday with A Nile Cruise

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Nile River Cruises

If you want to make your Christmas a truly magical time then a Nile cruise is the dream. Between Luxor and Aswan lies a magical route filled with miracles on each side of its banks that hold the essence of beauty, wonder, and magic through this special time of the year. A Nile cruise is a dream from paradise coming into reality as you will discover the secrets of the old and cast your eyes on wonders designed to perfection while enjoying the finest service and highest tranquility. Sailing on the divine water of ancient times and witnessing the oldest miracles in existence is the right atmosphere for Christmas.

3. Discover the Final Resting Place for the Egyptian Pharaohs

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tomb of Seti I at the Valley of the Kings

Within the heart of a mountain in Luxor lies a portal to the heavens to more than 63 tombs some of which are 20 tombs of Kings and Queens from the 16th to the 11th century BC during Egypt new kingdom. Valley of the Kings is on the west bank on the Nile and consists of tombs and chambers to the royal family and many nobles filled with incredible treasures and the most beautiful ancient artwork. The first pharaoh ever buried there is Tutmosis I then came to the full dynasty of Ramsess, Hatshepsut, Amenhotep, and the Boy-King Tutankhamun. The valley became one of the world heritage sites in 1979.

4. Celebrate Christma Night at Luxor Temple

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Luxor Temple by Night

Luxor temple is like a lunar flower illuminating heavenly rays from the moon that showcases the artistic spirit of ancient times. It was created in the 1400 BCE during the reign of Pharaoh Amenhotep III under the name “Ipetresyet” which means “The Southern Sanctuary”. It was mainly dedicated to the God Amun of the Theban Triad who represents the concept of rejuvenation of kingship. The temple has the most magnificent extensive decorations & constructions that can be best explored at night under the starry clouds of Luxor.

5. Enjoy Dinner Cruise at Night on the Nile

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Nile Cruise in Cairo at Night

There is nothing more magical to your Christmas spirit than a dinner cruise as you will board a Dinner cruise on the soulful heavenly Nile, dine on the delicious cuisines of ancient Egypt and cast your eyes on a colorful belly dancing show with a folklore band featuring a hypnotic Tannoura spin in keeping with Egypt’s whirling dervish’s tradition.

6. Visiting the Coptic Attractions of Old Cairo

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The Church of St. George in Coptic Cairo

Egypt offers the rare chance for all travelers to explore an ancient legacy that spanned For 400 years from the 3rd AD to 7th AD the Coptic age of Egypt. During this time the Coptic culture was the score of the city showcased by many churches on the route which the holy family took crossing Egypt seek refuge from the mad Herod such as Abu Serga church and the legendary Hanging church. Despite the city, Alexandria was the entry point of Christianity, Cairo became the stronghold of many churches and a true example of Christian architecture from the start of the 5th century till today which is able to the vision of the Coptic time.

7. Hurghada and It’s Amazing Beaches

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Beach in Hurghada

On the coastal lines of the Red sea Riviera exists a watery paradise in a dimension of its own along the red sea coast stretching 60 km along the seashore. At the end of the year at Christmas time the city is dominated by a tropical climate and a smile from above at Christmas times. It is filled with various water sports activities like windsurfing, kitesurfing, parasailing, scuba diving and snorkeling where you can explore the underwater harmonious ecosystem filled with the finest coral reefs, rare colorful fish which explains why Hurghada is the ideal destination for the ultimate snorkeling or diving experience. In the belly of the Bedouin desert lies an adventure filled with music, food, and entertainment from a different kind which can be explored by camel ride, quad-biking, and Beach Baggy under the holy skies of the eastern desert.

Discover How the Egyptian People Celebrate the Christmas

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Christmas Celebration

Egypt is a connected nation where there’s no difference between Muslims and Christians and both are equals in both rights and duties although Egypt is an Islamic country. The Egyptian Christians freely celebrate their Christmas and new year in Egypt rituals, they tend to do the Christmas service in the church on January 6th and after finishing, families and relatives visits begin, including having the Christmas meals. Little children with their new clothes take the way to the markets and shops for Christmas candies, Christmas trees and presents, waiting for Baba Noël to give them some presents.

Streets and parks are full of decoration to commemorate the birth date of Jesus Christ. Parties and ceremonies get started with families and friends gatherings, and public parks and zoos are overcrowded by the households. Another group, especially the youth prefer to relax on the seashores in Alexandria, Hurghada, and Sharm El Sheikh. Also, Muslims are enthusiastic to send faithful congratulations to Christians and share their celebrations.

History of Christmas

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Statue of Jesus at Sunset

Christmas is an annual feast for Christians on the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ, which is originally celebrated on the 25th of December. The word Christmas consists primarily of two syllables of the Middle English “Christian-Mass”. Despite the birth date of Jesus Christ is hidden, the Western Church determined December 25 in the Gregorian calendar as a date of the celebration when most Christians believed that the god came to Earth as a man to expiate their sins as many ancient theories claimed. Nevertheless, the subject of the birth date of Jesus Christ was widespread in the 3rd century and some dates, November 20, January 2, March 25, and May 20 were recommended, but many writings confirmed the date of December 25 to be the official date of the festival, coinciding with the winter solstice in the Roman calendar but solar symbolism opposed this date and suggested other dates.

Other theories said that the Church selected December 25 to correspond to the Roman festivals on the occasion of the sun god’s birthday. The first known Christmas festivals date back to the fourth century in Rome. In the 17th century, some sects like the Puritans were forbidden to practice their Christmas celebrations freely. In the early 20th century, Christmas traditions were limited to the Upper classes and opulent families. After that, Christmas customs extended to include the Christians of all classes and be held in shrill ceremonies. Christmas is a religious festival for Christians and a cultural event for non-Christians.

Christmas Overseas

Radio City Music Hall

The majority of the world’s countries host great festivals and ceremonies to celebrate Christmas holidays, but it’s considerable that each country has its own familiar customs and traditions while enjoying the New Year festivals. For instance, awesome Christmas observances with formal public holidays are held in all the European countries where the manifestations of Christmas appear obviously. One of Christmas appearances is decoration; houses, streets, restaurants, hotels, and parks are amazingly decorated with the usual colors of Christmas; red symbolizes the blood of Jesus Christ, green represents an evergreen tree that never loses its leaves in winter and gold which refers to loyalty. Another tradition followed by the Europeans in New Year celebrations is the Christmas tree which had started in the 18th century in Germany. The idea moved to Britain until it became widespread in 1841.

In 1870, the Americans admired the custom and used Christmas trees decorated with candles, bells, lights, wreaths, ornaments, and angels. The best common tradition of Christians’ celebrations is to use music for singing and dancing as a blissful expression of their unlimited cheer. Christmas carols were another use of music at Christmas; in the 13th century, the priests in Germany and Italy developed the tradition of Christmas songs which were derived from folk songs, and since then they became extended to be sung in the churches during festivals. Most Christians in the world follow the custom of Christmas cards, a unique tradition used for exchanging greetings and congratulations among families and relatives wishing “Merry Christmas” and some sects of European Christians also prefer to use commemorative stamps as to post these Christmas cards. Furthermore, Christmas meals still remain the most common appearance of Christmas which includes many various kinds of foods; fish, meat, chicken, vegetables, as well as special desserts.

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