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Monday, April 25, 2011

Sham al-Nassim

It's not just ANZAC Day, as noted in my previous post. In Egypt (and Sudan)  it's also Sham al-Nassim, "Smelling the Breeze," a spring holiday I talked about at length a couple of years ago, and which may have Pharaonic roots. Though it always falls on Coptic Easter Monday, it is celebrated by all Egyptians. I refer you to my earlier posting for the details.

Besides Sham al-Nassim, today is actually a double holiday in Egypt this year, since April 25 also marks Sinai Liberation Day.

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