Originally, Sham El Nessim is an ancient religious Egyptian occasion that was an ancient festival marked the starting of Spring, as they thought of the beginning of creation, Sham El Nessim always falls on the day after the Eastern Christian Easter in Egypt, this makes it associated to Easter and there have some common aspects of celebrating which makes it a great vacancy to take your trip to Egypt to celebrate both of them, and get familiar more with some ancient Egyptian customs of that day, and here are some tips to enjoy your trip to Egypt in this awesome occasion.
First of all, Sham El Nessim, means in Arabic “sniffing the breath” so it’s mainly celebrated picnicking outdoors to have the great weather of the spring, that’s why green places, public gardens, the Nile river cruise or the zoo, is the best places to have your Sham El Nessim day celebrated while your trip to Egypt, the Nile river cruise is highly recommended to get the ultimate joy of the day.
Traditional Food of the day
Since you are on your trip to Egypt on this occasion, you should get yourself a basket of Eggs and colors. Colorful eggs is the main breakfast of the day that turned to be the many joy of the day coloring and shaping eggs.
This day is also known by eating salted dried grey mullet fish (fesikh) and herring with lemon and green onions, this can’t be missed in your trip to Egypt, but you shouldn’t eat much of it, eating a little is good for your health sake.
List of Gardens To visit while your Trip To Egypt
Al Azhar Park:
Al Azhar Park is a public park that is listed as one of the world’s sixty great public spaces, it also has a telescope from which you can see the whole Cairo especially the Citadelle and Muhammad Ali mosque, it also has a variety of great restaurants with different types of food, we can assure you will have a great time visiting it while your travel to Egypt.
Africano Park is a small zoo. But it’s special because the animals are not in cages and you can play them and take photos. It also has great space of green lands like jungles or as its Name Africano park. This place is very important and highly recommend if you like animals.
Al Orman Garden:
Al Orman Garden is an annual Exhibition of flowers this time of every year where you can see hundreds of different kinds of flowers. Take photos and buy some if you want. The most outstanding thing in this place that once you enter the colors. And the smell of flowers will capture your eyes and your breath. A place you should visit while your trip to Egypt.
The international garden:
It’s called by this because it has flowers and trees from all over the world, it has also a museum for mummified animals and a park of birds like peacocks, ostriches and other unique and rare birds , it’s good for picnicking also especially in that day to sniff the breath in your trip to Egypt.
Montazah Palace Gardens:
Montazah Palace Gardens in Alexandria are the gardens of Al Montazah palace. Al Montazah palace made for the public. And it’s a good place for picnicking especially. Because the weather of Alexandria is much more clear and beautiful than Cairo. Because of the sea effect. So if you need a relaxing picnic with no such activities. An amazing place to be on your list while you come to spend Easter in Egypt.
The Nile River Cruise in Easter in Egypt
As we said before Nile river cruise is highly recommended in this day. As there is nothing can be compared to The Nile with the traditional foods of Eastern. And relaxing in the sun with little winds playing with your body. That will make you feel the ancient oriental traditional way of celebrating this occasion. That remark by floods of the Nile. That’s why we eat fish especially the famous red mullet fish of the Nile, and from the cruising. You can see people on the banks of the Nile sitting eating and celebrating with their families. And you can listen to a special song for this day coming from everywhere. Celebrating Spring sung by Soad Hosny the Egyptian famous actor.
Enjoy the Easter holiday during your trip to Egypt. But also the Nile river cruise trip that’s why we are sure. And we can guarantee you spending the most unforgettable time more than any time of the year. It’s a feast or more like a festival, that you can’t miss in your trip in Easter in Egypt.