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Christmas and New Year in Egypt – Christmas traditions for Egypt

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Christmas and New Year in Egypt
Vacations in egypt > Blog > Christmas and New Year in Egypt – Christmas traditions for Egypt

How you Spending Christmas and New Year’s in Egypt

Christmas traditions for Egypt

Egypt is a country with an immense cultural mix, full of customs and traditions that impregnate the country with culture and history. In every major city, you will find the traditions of Egypt that have been maintained since the time of the Pharaohs, and elsewhere you will find mere customs of tribal Egypt that have been created through invaders over the centuries.

There are various celebrations and festivals of Egypt, Christmas is a celebration loaded with spirituality and symbolism that reaches all corners of the world. Or has anyone forgotten that the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph fled with the newborn Jesus to Egypt to escape the cruel Herod? Christmas in Egypt is celebrated on January 7, rather than December 25, with great enthusiasm and celebration.  The meaning of this tradition is to spread love and peace throughout the world. The people of Egypt during this period do not eat meat, poultry, or dairy products.

A Christmas tradition in Egypt is to visit the church and wear new clothes. A special Christmas meal is made, known as fata which consists of bread, rice, boiled meat, and garlic.

At birthday celebrations in Egypt, people invite lots of friends and family to their party, so they often serve two birthday cakes. On these Egyptian holidays, all the food is served at the same time.

New Year in Egypt

The Holy Family Route in Egypt

Few people will be unaware that the Holy Family, when the Child Jesus had just been born, lived in Egypt for almost four years. According to historical sources, in ancient times there were three paths to follow from Palestine to Egypt, but the Holy Family did not choose any of them. It walked from Bethlehem to Gaza and made its first stop in El-Farma, the destroyed city of ancient Egypt, located on the Sinai Peninsula. Fifty miles northwest of Cairo, the second stop was Tel Basta, where Jesus Christ brought forth a spring of water and where he was persecuted.

In their flight south, the family reached the town of Mostorod, just 10 kilometers from the Egyptian capital, which later became known as al–Mahamma. They continued to the village of Belbeis, 55 kilometers from Cairo, where the Virgin and Child are said to have rested under a tree, known since then as “the Tree of the Virgin Mary”. From Belbeis they left from the northwest towards Minyet Samannud, where they crossed the Nile towards Samannud.

The Holy Family reached the village of Sakha, where the footprint of Jesus is marked on a rock, and then headed towards Wadi Natrun, a place blessed by Jesus Christ and his mother. After leaving the desert they headed south to the city of Cairo, crossing the Nile River to the east and heading to the area of Matariah and Ain Shams.

This area is considered one of the most important areas and stops where the Holy Family has been. There are many churches and monasteries there. This area was blessed by the presence of the Holy Family, who could not stay there more than a few days, since the idols were broken, provoking the governor of Al-Fustat who wanted to kill the Child Jesus.

In the church of St. Sergius (Abu Sirga) is the cave in which the Holy Family took refuge. It is considered one of the most important monuments of the Holy Family in Old Cairo. We also highlight the Church of Al-Moallaqa, also known as the Church Suspended for supporting one of the towers of the ancient fortress of Babylon. This route is still possible today.

The Holy Family in Egypt

Destination in Egypt

The Egyptian government is firmly committed to tourism, knowing its importance to the country’s economy. Egypt’s spectacular historical and cultural heritage, which is 7,000 years old, makes it a captivating country for travellers from all over the world. For its seabed and its coast, Egypt is also a coveted destination for lovers of diving and water sports in general.

We offer a variety of Egypt Christmas tours to spend the end of the year 2020/2021.

The trip includes the usual visits to all the temples during the cruise along the Nile, such as the temples of Luxor and Karnak, Edfu, Kom Ombo … and visits in Cairo, both the pyramids and the city tours of Cairo to see its main monuments. We will also visit the temples of Abu Simbel and enjoy the Nile River.

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travel itinerary to Egypt

  • DAY 01 Arrival Cairo

Arrival and visa processing assisted by Representative Vacations in Egypt. Reception by our staff and private transfer Cairo airport to hotel, Overnight in Cairo.

private transfer cairo airport to hotel

  • DAY 02: Giza Day Tour

After breakfast, visit the famous pyramids of Khufu, Khafra, and Menkaure (entrance to the interior of the pyramids not included), as well as the impressive Sphinx sculpted in rock. Visit also to the papyrus institute where you will be shown how the papyrus is made. This visit lasts approximately 3 hours. Transfer to the hotel and the rest of the day free to rest or take the OPTIONAL tour of Memphis and Saqqara.

Return to the Hotel and overnight.

  • Optional activity Cairo at night: Special dinner, very close to the sphinx. From the terrace, where we will have dinner, you will enjoy the sound and light show of the pyramids as if you were inside. It will be a moment to celebrate the experiences lived on this day.

Breakfast, Lunch

pyramids of giza tour

  • DAY 03: Cairo Day Tour

Breakfast and today you will enjoy the full-day visit to the largest city in Africa, starting with the Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, with the masterpieces of the different dynasties and the fabulous treasure of Tutankhamun. Also included are the Citadel of Saladin, the Alabaster Market Mosque of Khan el Khalili and old Coptic Cairo accompanied by a guide. Lunch included at a local restaurant. Return to the Hotel and overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch

old Coptic Cairo


You will be transferred by our staff to Cairo airport, fly to destination Luxor, one hour flight. Upon arrival, reception by our staff and you will begin the visit of the East bank shore of Luxor, with the Temple of Karnak, which dominates the entire site of Thebes born of the splendor of the pharaohs of the new empire and the Temple of Luxor, the work of two great pharaohs Ramses II and Ramses III. Return to the cruise, Dinner and overnight on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

temple of karnak in egypt


Breakfast on board. At the scheduled time, visit West bank Luxor with the Thebes Necropolis, including the Valley of the Kings where the tombs of the most important pharaohs of the new empire are hidden, Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and the giant and grandiose Colossi of Memnon. Return to the cruise boarding and Dinner and overnight on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut


Breakfast on board. At the scheduled time, visit the Tempo de Edfu dedicated to the falcon god Horus, located on the west bank of the Nile. It is one of the best-preserved in the entire Nile Valley and that makes one feel like an ancient pharaonic priest when walking through its halls and rooms. Return to the cruise and navigation to Kom-Ombo, a mountain of gold, name received by the color of the mature wheat that in the time of the harvest makes the hill look like gold. It is the only Ptolemaic twin temple with two doors together. Dock and visit its Temple dedicated to the gods Sobek. Navigation to Aswan. Dinner and overnight on board.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

edfu temple of horus

  • DAY 07: NILE CRUISE – Aswan tour

Breakfast by the Nile and departure to visit, first, you will visit the High Dam, which has amazing views of Lake Nasser. Then you will visit the Temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis located on an island. Then be taken to the ancient stone quarries to see the unfinished Obelisk.

Return to Nile cruise Aswan to prepare for the New Year’s Eve dinner. Night on board.

Breakfast, Lunch and mandatory new year’s eve dinner.

Temple of Philae


After breakfast, disembarkation, and check out from the ship’s rooms at 08.00 hours and free time in Aswan.

At scheduled time transfer to Aswan airport to take the flight to Cairo. On arrival transfer to hotel and rest of the open day in Cairo. Accommodation at Hotel.

Breakfast and Accommodation.

  • Optional tour Abu Simbel trip from Aswan by road.

abu simbel trip from aswan

  • DAY 09: Departure “Cairo airport transfers”

Breakfast and check out. At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to take the flight for departure and end of our services.

cairo airport transfers

Travel to Egypt advisory for Planned Travel Accommodation

In Egypt, there is a great variety of hotel categories, from the simplest to the most luxurious hotel in Cairo.

Even so, we want our clients to have the best conditions and services during their trip to Egypt. Always with the possibility to upgrade to Superior Luxury tours.

Nile Cruise 5-stars deluxe

  • Tamr Henna Nile cruise
  • Semiramis I Nile cruise
  • Semiramis II Nile cruise
  • Semiramis III Nile cruise
  • Princess Sarah Nile cruise
  • Radamis II Nile Cruise
  • Radamis I Nile Cruise
  • Miss World Nile Cruise
  • El Mahrousa Nile Cruise or similar

5-stars Hotel in Cairo 

  • Grand Nile Tower
  • Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir Cairo
  • Steigenberger Pyramids Hotel
  • Ramses Hilton or similar

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