Public Holidays


Jan 7 2004* Coptic Christmas Day.
Feb 1-2 Grand Feast.
Feb 22 Islamic New Year.
Apr 11-12 Sham el-Nassim (Coptic Easter).
Apr 25 Sinai Liberation Day (Sinai only).
May 1 Labour Day.
Jun 18 Liberation Day.
Jul 23 Revolution Day.
Aug 15 Wafa’a el Nil (Flooding of the Nile).
Sep 11* Coptic New Year.
Oct 6 Armed Forces Day.
Oct 24 Suez Victory Day.
Nov 13-14 Bairam Feast (End of Ramadan).
Dec 23 Victory Day.
Jan 7 2005* Coptic Christmas Day.
Jan 21 Grand Feast.
Feb 10 Islamic New Year.
Apr 25 Sinai Liberation Day (Sinai only).
May 1 Labour Day.
May 2 Sham el-Nassim (Coptic Easter).
Jun 18 Liberation Day.
Jul 23 Revolution Day.
Aug 15 Wafa’a el Nil (Flooding of the Nile).
Sep 11* Coptic New Year.
Oct 6 Armed Forces Day.
Oct 24 Suez Victory Day.
Nov 3 Bairam Feast (End of Ramadan).
Dec 23 Victory Day.

Note:
(a)*These holidays are not official, although Coptic Christians may observe them.

(b) Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes the Bairam Feast, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some restaurants are closed during the day but most tourist attractions and hotels are not affected. Some disruption may continue into the 3-day Grand Feast itself. For more information, see the World of Islam appendix.


Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramasdan that precedes the Bairam Feast, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some restaurants are closed during the day but most tourist attractions and hotels are not affected. Some disruption may continue into the 3-day Grand Feast itself. For more information, see the World of Islam appendix.