By: Shari Ladd
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.
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.