Ancient Egypt

By: Shari Ladd

Facts about Egypt

The culture of Egypt has thousands of years of recorded history. Ancient Egypt was among the earliest civilizations. For millennia, Egyptmaintained a strikingly complex and stableculture that influenced later cultures of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

People

Life in modern Egypt is both modern and traditional. In the big cities, such as Cairo, you will see people wearing jeans and sneakers as well as more traditional dress. Clothing in Egypt is generally conservative because followers of Islam obey rules that require shoulders and knees of all people to be covered. Traditional dress for men is a galabayya. It is a long, cotton robe. In traditional dress, women wear a black dress over their house clothes when going out in public. They also wear a veil that covers their head and face.

food

Bread is served at most every meal in Egypt. Bread is usually made from corn, barley, or rice instead of wheat. Rice, couscous, beans, and fruits are also served. Egyptian people do not eat much meat, milk, or dairy foods. When meat is eaten, it is usually beef, lamb, goat, or rabbit.

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Religion/holiday

Eid al-Adha is a religious practice that takes place around February. At this time, Muslims in Egypt make a pilgrimage (called haj) to Mecca. Each Muslim is expected to make a pilgrimage once in their lifetime. Each village celebrates as people pass through. The streets are decorated and children wear their best clothes.

Activities

Swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities at the many beaches along the Mediterranean and Red Sea