Public & National Holidays in Egypt
If you are planning to visit Egypt, it is very important for you to know how many public and national holidays Egyptians get in a calendar year. It’s because you may find yourself in a situation when nothing is open due to a gazetted holiday.
Even if you are an Egyptian still you need to know this to plan your vacations well in advance. These extra day offs provide everybody a chance to spend time with his/her family or plan a trip to explore new places.
There are many types of holidays in Egypt as there national holidays that are linked with Gregorian calendar, some movable holidays that depend on Coptic or Islamic calendar and a set of holidays on which just important offices remain open.
National holidays are celebrated all over the country and all government, semi-government and private organisations remain closed. These days are equally important for all Egyptians no matter what religion or sect they belong to.
Movable Holidays are public holidays which have no set date rather they occur according to lunar calendar.
Holidays in January
New Year’s Holiday
On this day Egyptians welcome New Year. This is from the set of holidays in which important offices remain open.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
They celebrate the nativity of Jesus Christ on this day.
Monday, January 7, 2013.
Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
As Egypt is an Islamic country so they will celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
Thursday, January 24, 2013.
Sinai Liberation Day
It is the beginning day of Egyptian Revolution.
Friday, January 25, 2013.
Holidays in March
They pay homage to all sportsmen of the country on this day.
Sunday, March 3, 2013.
The day is dedicated to all mothers.
Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Holidays in May
They pay tribute to all workers on this day.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
The Christian community will celebrate Easter.
Sunday, May 5, 2013.
Sham El-Nessim (Spring Festival)
The Monday following Orthodox Easter.
Monday, May 6, 2013.
Holidays in June
Evacuation Day (Eid el- Galaa)
They celebrate the final withdrawal of British forces from Egypt in 1956.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
Holidays in July
They celebrate the revolution of Egypt in 1952.
Tuesday, 23 July 2013.
Holidays in August
Eid al-Fitr (Bairam Feast)
Muslims celebrate after fasting for a month in Ramadan.
Thursday, August 8, 2013.
Flooding of the Nile (Wafaa Elnil)
On this day, they celebrate the beginning of the Nile’s flood.
Thursday, August 15, 2013.
Holidays in October
Armed Forces Day
They pay tribute to those who crossed the Suez Canal during the October war.
Sunday, October 6, 2013.
Feast of sacrifice which is celebrated for 4 days after Hajj.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
Egyptian Naval Day
They celebrate the sinking of Israeli destroyers by the Egyptian Navy in 1967.
Monday, October 21, 2013.
Holidays in November
Islamic New Year
This is the first day of first month according to Islamic calendar.
Monday, November 4, 2013.
Holidays in December
They celebrate the ending of Tripartite Aggression in 1956.
Monday, December 23, 2013.