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An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians$
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Edward William Lane

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165603

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165603.001.0001

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Periodical Public Festivals, & c.—continued.

Periodical Public Festivals, & c.—continued.

Chapter 26 Periodical Public Festivals, & c.—continued.
An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Edward William Lane

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

Continuing from the last two chapters on public festivals, this chapter turns to festivals celebrated by all Egyptians (regardless of their religion). It observes that some would originally have been celebrated only by Copts (and fall on Coptic holidays) but now are celebrated by all—for example, Shemm el-Neseem (which falls close to Easter). It discusses in detail the festival of the Rise of the Nile, the night in which Nile is said to start rising, and the Opening of the Canal (in which the dam is cut when river reaches a sufficient height), both of which relate to the annual flood. It explains the various traditions, public ceremonies, and the roles of officials surrounding these festivals.

Keywords:   Festivals, Copts, Nile, Flood, Traditions

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