Monday,24 September, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1294, (5 - 11 May 2016)
Monday,24 September, 2018
Issue 1294, (5 - 11 May 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Days of celebration

Al-Ahram Weekly

EGYPTIANS made their way to public parks this week to celebrate the holidays of Sham Al-Nessim and Coptic Orthodox Easter.

Sham Al-Nessim is a distinctive Egyptian feast that translates as “breathing the breeze” and brings Muslims and Coptic Christians together. The feast is celebrated on the Monday after Coptic Easter and dates back to the days of Ancient Egypt. It continues, well into the 21st century, to fill the country with a festive spirit, with its traditions of coloured eggs, chocolate bunnies and salted mullet.

Egypt’s Copts celebrated Easter with ceremonies across Egypt, Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, leading the faithful in celebrations at St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo.

During the ceremony at St Mark’s, attended by some 3,000 people including government officials, Pope Tawadros called for “enlightened ideas” to counter the forces of darkness.

“Humanity needs those with enlightened ideas, including intellectuals and visionaries, and those with constructive knowledge to stand up in the face of the darkness that threatens to hold back our societies,” the pope said in his sermon.

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and senior government officials sent messages of congratulations to the pope and to Egypt’s Christian community on the occasion of the ceremony at St Mark’s.

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