Egypt is the best must-see tourist destination on earth to spend the Christmas holiday where you will adopt some distinctive traditions of the Egyptian Christmas celebration. Some travelers understand that Christmas in Egypt isn’t only a religious occasion, but also a cultural carnival and an amazing adventure across ancient history. Celebrate your Christmas holiday with the ancient pharaohs among their historical sightseeing of thousands of years ago. Here are steps for enjoying a Christmas holiday in Egypt:
1. Enjoy the Christmas at Giza Pyramids
When a piece of heaven fell to earth, it gained the name the Giza pyramid complex due to its beauty, superiority, and greatness. The pyramids act as a true reflection of the everlasting glory of the ancient Egyptian civilization and as the official motto of Egypt of the ancient Egyptian civilization. The complex came to be in Egypt old Kingdom “2686 -2181 BC” the golden age of construction. It consists of the Three Great Pyramids and the celestial guardian of Egypt the sphinx. The three Pyramids of the Giza complex consists of the Great Pyramid of King Khufu which is the only surviving monuments of the seven wonders of the ancient world, plus it was the tallest man-made structure ever constructed in 2580 BC at the height of 146.5 m for more than 3.800 years until the construction of the Lincoln Cathedral in England in 1311, all for containing the tomb of pharaoh Khufu. The pyramid of King Khafre is the second tallest pyramid built in the 4th dynasty and acts as the tomb of Pharaoh Khafre “2558-2532 BC” who is known for constructing the great sphinx in his own image to be the world’s oldest & biggest man-made statue ever created and finally comes the smallest of the three, the pyramid of Menkaure which was built in 2510 BC to complete the legacy of the golden age of construction.
2. Celebrate Christmas Holiday with A Nile River Cruise
If you want to make your Christmas a truly magical time then a Nile cruise is the way to go. Between Luxor and Aswan lies a magical path filled with miracles on each side of its banks that hold the essence of beauty, wonder, and magic that shows very clearly through this special time of the year. A Nile cruise is a dream from paradise coming into reality as you will discover the secrets of the old and cast your eyes on wonders designed to perfection while enjoying the finest service and highest tranquility. Sailing on the divine water of ancient Nile and witnessing the oldest miracles in existence is the right atmosphere for Christmas that every traveler should enjoy.
3. Discover the Final Resting Place for the Egyptian Pharaohs
Within the heart of a mountain in Luxor exists a portal to the heavens leading to more than 63 tombs some of which are 20 tombs of Kings and Queens from the 16th to the 11th century BC during Egypt new kingdom. Valley of the Kings is on the west bank of the Nile and consists of tombs and chambers to the royal family and many nobles filled with incredible treasures and the most beautiful ancient artwork. The first pharaoh ever buried there is Tutmosis I then came to the full dynasty of Ramsess, Hatshepsut, Amenhotep, and the Boy-King Tutankhamun. The valley became one of the world heritage sites of the UNESCO in 1979.
4. Celebrate Christmas Night at Luxor Temple
Luxor temple is like a lunar flower illuminating heavenly rays from the moon that showcases the artistic spirit of ancient times. It was created in the 1400 BCE during the reign of Pharaoh Amenhotep III under the name “Ipetresyet” which means “The Southern Sanctuary”. It was mainly dedicated to the God Amun of the Theban Triad who represents the concept of rejuvenation of kingship. The temple has the most magnificent extensive decorations & constructions that can be best explored at night under the starry clouds of Luxor.
5. Enjoy Dinner Cruise at Night on the Nile
There is nothing more magical to your Christmas spirit than a dinner cruise as you will board a Dinner cruise on the soulful heavenly Nile, dine on the delicious cuisines of ancient Egypt and cast your eyes on a colorful belly dancing show with a folklore band featuring a hypnotic Tannoura spin in keeping with Egypt’s marvelous traditions.
6. Visiting the Coptic Attractions of Old Cairo
Egypt offers the rare chance for all travelers to explore an ancient Christian legacy that spanned For 400 years from the 3rd AD to 7th AD known as the Coptic age of Egypt. During this time the Coptic culture was the essence of the city showcased by many churches on the route which the holy family took crossing Egypt seek refuge from the mad Herod such as Abu Serga church, Saint George Church, the legendary Hanging church and many more. Despite the city, Alexandria was the entry point of Christianity; Cairo became the stronghold of many churches and a true example of Christian architecture from the start of the 5th century till today which is able to showcase the entire vision of the Coptic time.
7. Hurghada and It’s Amazing Beaches
On the coastal lines of the Red sea Riviera exists a watery paradise in a dimension of its own along the red sea coast stretching 60 km along the seashore. At the end of the year during Christmas time, the city is dominated by a tropical climate and a smile from above at Christmas times. It is filled with various water sports activities like windsurfing, kitesurfing, parasailing, scuba diving and snorkeling where you can explore the underwater harmonious ecosystem filled with the finest coral reefs, rare colorful fish which showcases why Hurghada is the ideal destination for the ultimate snorkeling or diving experience. In the belly of the Bedouin desert lies an adventure filled with music, food, and entertainment of a different kind which can be explored by camel ride, quad-biking, and Beach Baggy under the holy skies of the eastern desert.
Discover How the Egyptian People Celebrate the Christmas
Egypt is a holy nation with true religious tolerance where there’s no difference between Muslims and Christians and both are equals in both rights and duties. Despite Egypt being recognized as an Islamic country, The Egyptian Christians and none Christian freely celebrate their Christmas and new year’ eve plus they tend to do the Christmas service in the church on January 6th and after finishing, families and relatives visit begin which include having the Christmas meals. Little children with their new clothes take the way to the markets and shops for Christmas candies, Christmas trees and presents, waiting for Baba Noël to give them some presents.
Streets and parks are full of decoration to commemorate the birth date of Jesus Christ. Parties and ceremonies get started with families and friends gatherings, and public parks and zoos are overcrowded by the households. Another group, especially the youth prefer to relax on the seashores in Alexandria, Hurghada, and Sharm El Sheikh. Also, Muslims are enthusiastic to send faithful congratulations to Christians and share their celebrations.
History of Christmas
Christmas is an annual feast for Christians on the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ, which is originally celebrated on the 25th of December. The word Christmas consists primarily of two syllables of the Middle English “Christian-Mass“. Despite the birth date of Jesus Christ is hidden, the Western Church determined December 25 in the Gregorian calendar as the official date of the celebration when most Christians believed that the god came to Earth as a man to expiate their sins as many ancient theories claimed. Nevertheless, the subject of the birth date of Jesus Christ was widespread in the 3rd century and some dates, November 20, January 2, March 25, and May 20 were also mentioned, but many writings confirmed the date of December 25th to be the official date of the festival, coinciding with the winter solstice in the Roman calendar but solar symbolism opposed this date and suggested other dates.
Other theories stated that the Church selected December 25th to correspond to the Roman festivals on the occasion of the sun god’s birthday. The first known Christmas festivals date back to the fourth century in Rome. In the 17th century, some sections like the Puritans were forbidden to practice their Christmas celebrations freely. In the early 20th century, Christmas traditions were limited to the Upper classes and the opulent families. After that, Christmas customs were extended to include the Christians of all classes and be held in shrill ceremonies. Christmas is a religious festival for Christians and a cultural event for non-Christians.
The majority of the world’s countries host great festivals and ceremonies to celebrate Christmas holidays, but it’s considerable that each country has its own familiar customs and traditions while enjoying the New Year festivals. For instance, awesome Christmas observances with formal public holidays are held in all the European countries where the manifestations of Christmas appear obviously. One of Christmas appearances is decorating houses, streets, restaurants, hotels, and parks with the usual colors of Christmas; red symbolizes the blood of Jesus Christ, green represents an evergreen tree that never loses its leaves in winter and gold which refers to loyalty. Another tradition followed by the Europeans in New Year celebrations is the Christmas tree which had started in the 18th century in Germany. The idea moved to Britain then it widespread all over the world in 1841.
In 1870, the Americans admired the custom and used Christmas trees decorated with candles, bells, lights, wreaths, ornaments, and angels. The best common tradition of Christians’ celebrations is to use music for singing and dancing as a blissful expression of their unlimited cheer. Christmas carols were another use of music at Christmas; in the 13th century, the priests in Germany and Italy developed the tradition of Christmas songs which were derived from folk songs, and since then they became extended to be sung in the churches during festivals. Most Christians in the world follow the custom of Christmas cards, a unique tradition used for exchanging greetings and congratulations among families and relatives wishing “Merry Christmas” and some sections of European Christians also prefer to use commemorative stamps to post these Christmas cards. Furthermore, Christmas meals still remain the most common appearance of Christmas which includes many various kinds of foods; fish, meat, chicken, vegetables, as well as special desserts.
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