Egyptis a country with an immense cultural mix, In every major city in Egypt you will find traditions that remain from the time of the Pharaohs, and in other parts you will find pure tribal customs that were brought in by many invaders throughout the centuries. That contradiction and contrast between areas of Egypt, when you compare it with other Middle Eastern countries, is what makes Egypt seem advanced against some of the others. Yet here you will find that the customs and mentality tends to be full of warmth towards visitors and foreigners. I guess this could be the secret why Egypt is considered the most attractive country in the region for travellers. The pure nature of the local Egyptians when they are always there when you need help, or when they invite you into their houses when they hardly know you, or when they smile in your face, makes a visit to Egypt a wonderful and unforgettable experience.
Egypt’s population is about 67 million. 57 million of them are Sunni Muslims and about 10 Million are Coptic Christians (Christian Egyptians), although public statistics indicate that they are not more than 7 million. Whether Muslim or Copt, the Egyptians are moderately religious and religious principles are quite noticeable in their daily lives. Here each family member is responsible for the integrity of his or her family and for the behaviour of other members, creating an environment that would be envied by many people in the West. Here they are very close to each other, family ties are far stronger than in the west, and that is why you will find any major city in Egypt is a lot safer than any western metropolis. Yet when travellers come to Egypt they are often apprehensive, their views of Egyptians and Arabs, fomented by unkind and untrue media stories, often bear no relation to reality. Travellers, when they meet Egyptians are often surprised by their friendly, hospitable reception and take home with them good feelings about Egypt and its population.
In general, Egyptians are most accommodating and they will go out of their way to help you and respond to any questions you have. Most Egyptians require little personal space and will stand within inches of you to talk! You will find that whenever you start talking with an Egyptian, you will inevitably draw a crowd, and often the Egyptians will start discussing, among themselves, about the correct answer to a question. Although most of the Muslims in Egypt do not drink alcohol they don't object to others drinking, but doing it in reasonable amounts. In Egypt people don't eat pork, and rarely, when you find a place that offers pork, is there much choice on the menu.
People here fast at the time of Ramadan, it is the time when they all come close to each other and respect each other, it is the time when they go out till late at night and fast by day. During this month, donations, almsgiving and charity would be at its highest rates, it is the time for forgiveness and love. It is a wonderful month.Join us and we will show you the best that Culture of Egypt has for you.
Please Note ,
Being sensitive and respectful of Egypt's different customs, traditions, religion and culture will be well appreciated by all Egyptians.
·A relaxed open attitude and sense of humour will help you in all situations and enable you to get the most from your trip around Egypt.
·Islam prescribes that men and women who are not from the same family may not touch each other, thus public displays of affection between the sexes are offensive and should be kept to the privacy of your room.
·Public signs of friendship, such as men holding hands, should not be mistaken for homosexuality, they are just good friends.
·The common greeting between Egyptians is a handshake. For good friends a kiss to either cheek is added to the handshake. As a westerner meeting local people of the opposite sex, just follow their lead.
·Always use your RIGHT hand if you choose to eat with your hands, and for any exchanges. In Egypt the left hand is used for sanitary functions.
·You may also find people asking you many personal questions; they are naturally curious about you, as you are of them. It's always best to be polite, and you can use this opportunity to learn about your different cultures.
·Egypt is a conservative, Muslim country - both men and women need to dress modestly and respectfully.
·Shoulders to knees should be covered at all times.
·The day of prayer is Friday and on this day in particular there are often mats out on the street outside Mosques. These are prayer mats and should not be walked over. Not all Mosques are that obvious, so if you see any mat it is best not to walk over it.
·Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims and is one of the 5 Pillars of Islam. During this month no food, drink, smoking etc is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims visiting Egypt during the period of Ramadan are not expected to fast, it is recommended that in public places, eating, drinking and smoking are avoided or done discreetly during daylight hours.
·If you are planning to travel during Ramadan, it is important to consider the many restaurants will either be closed or operating on reduced hours. In addition, many shops and markets will operate on reduced hours, and nightlife may also be affected.
·Alcohol is forbidden in the eyes of many Muslims. However it is tolerated by most and drunk by a few. Although getting totally inebriated in Egypt is frowned upon.
·Ask permission before entering a place of worship, some places may not permit you to enter.
·It is best to cover yourself fully, with long sleeves and trousers, and at times you may be required to cover your head.
·You will always need to remove your shoes.
·Smoking is prohibited and a respectful demeanour is most appropriate
·There are home visits on some trips. It is a privilege to be invited into people's homes and there are a number of things we need to remember .