National Holidays

National Holidays

There are many public holidays in Egypt: Muslim, Coptic Christian, Catholic Christian, State holidays. Not all of them are days off but some of them are worth seeing and celebrating in Egypt.

national holidays in egypt

  • New Year's Day - January 1st
  • Coptic Christmas - January 7th
  • Islamic New Year - January
  • Festival of Sun in Abu Simbel - February
  • Mother's Day - 21st of March
  • Coptic Easter - March / April
  • Sham an-Nessim - March / April
  • Camel Race - April
  • Sinai Liberation Day - April 25th
  • May Day - May 1st
  • Liberation Day - June 18th
  • International Tourism and Shopping Festival
  • Revolution Day - July 23rd
  • Wafa'a el-Nil - August 15th
  • Ramadan
  • Coptic New Year - September
  • Armed Forces Day - October 6th
  • Suez Victory Day - October 24th
  • Aid el-Fitr
  • Victory Day- December 23rd


  • The New Year Day in Egypt is loved by citizens and tourists. Decorated pine-trees and palm-trees, reindeers made of papier-mache, people wearing Santa Claus hats, saluts, parties, concerts. The temperature at noon is 22-24C and on the 1st of January you can go directly to the beach.
  • Coptic Christmas  - a Christian holiday, celebrated in Egypt on January 7th, the same way as in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Greece, Serbia, Romania and many other countries. Copts go to the church for the midnight service on the 6th of January. On the day after the cities host concerts, musical parades, Christian theater plays.
  • Islamic New Year  - this festival is also known as Al Hijra and is held in Celebration of the day when the profit traveled from Mecca to Medina.


  • Sun Festival in Abu Simbel. In the 8 century BC Pharaoh Ramses II ordered to cut 2 temples inside the rock on the west bank of Nile. Large temple was built in honor of the pharaoh and the small one in honor of the Goddes Hahtor and the the wife of the paraoh.


  • Mother's Day on March 21st is celebrated in Egypt since 1956.
  • Coptic Easter - a big Christian holiday, the time when families get together to remember those who have left this world. There are concerts and festivals in the cities at this time.


  • Sinai Liberation Day on April 25th honors the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Sinai Peninsula in 1979.

  • Sham al Nessim, translated as "smell of the west wind" is one of the most anticipated and colorful Egyptian holidays. It marks the first day of spring and is celebrated on the first Monday after the Coptic Easter. It is a national holiday. Families go to the parks and beaches to organize picnics. Most of businesses are closed on this day.
  • Camel Race Competition sees some of the best camels competing against each other in the race to find the fastest camel of Egypt.


  • Labor Day on May 1
  • Sinai Liberation Day on April 25th honors the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Sinai Peninsula in 1979.
  • National fishing competition in Sharm-el-Sheikh


  • Liberation Day. This public holiday observed on the 18th of June remembers the full withdrawal of foreign troops in 1954.


  • Revolution Day. This public holiday is held on July 23d and marks the 1952 revolution when the monarcgy in Egypt was overthrown.
  • International Shopping and Tourism Festival


  • Wafa el Nil - the start of the Nile's flood season in mid August.


  • Ramadan held during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar is a fasting time between dawn to dusk.


  • Armed Forces Day observed on October 6th is held in remembrance of the crossing of the Suez Canal by Egyptian forces during the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
  • Egyptian Navy Day
  • Suez Victory Day on October 24th is a national holiday commemorating the efforts of the Egyptian forces in Suez during the Suez Crisis.
  • Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of Ramadan with 3 days of feasting.
  • International Diving Competition


  • International Fishing Competition


  • Victory Day on December 23d marks the anniversary of the withdrawal of UK, France and Israel forces from Egypt in 1956. This day is called Day of Liberation of Port Said.