Eid al-Fitr is celebrated in Egypt with much religious fervour and general merriment. The national holiday comes on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, immediately following the holy month of Ramadan and month-long period of fasting, prayer and devotion. It is one of the most important of all Muslim commemorations.
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In Egypt, schools, businesses, and government offices close down for Eid al-Fitr, which is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. After attending religious services for prayer, Koranic recitations, and sermons on the morning of Eid al-Fitr, there follows three straight days of merrymaking. Family gatherings are central, though there are also many public events and even TV and radio programs focused on “Eid themes”.
Egypt’s Eids are full of food. Kahk, a nut-filled cookie covered with powdered sugar, is a favourite. Eating Egyptian dates, drinking a nutty apricot juice called “Qamar”, consuming spiced lentil soup, and devouring a rice dish known as “Mahshi” are all delicious traditions. Fried, specially seasoned eggplant, chicken and potatoes, and a “green chicken soup” called “Molokhia” are also commonly enjoyed this time of year.