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Sham El Nessim, Egypt’s Annual Spring Festival


Mon 20 Apr 2020 | 09:08 AM
Ali Abu Dashish

Every year, the Egyptian people celebrates Sham El Nessim and go out to parks and gardens to enjoy nature in happiness, funny atmosphere and family bonding.

This holiday, known as Sham El Nessim, is linked to the life renewal; so the ancient Egyptian preserved the body forever, to renew and continue life after death.

The name of the holiday is actually derived from the ancient Egyptian harvest season that was called "Shamo", also explaining that, according to Plutarch's annals, the ancient Egyptians used to offer salted fish, lettuce and onions to their deities on this day.

For Egyptians, Sham el Nessim (Sham el Nisseem, Sham el Niseem), literally means sniffing the breeze, and marks the beginning of the spring.

Then the Jews took this holiday from the Pharaohs to celebrate this holiday, as the time of their departure from Egypt during the era of "Moses", peace be upon him, was in keeping with the celebration of the Egyptians' Day.

The Jews chose that very day for their departure from Egypt so that the Egyptians would not know, during their escape, that they were carrying their (Egyptians) gold and wealth.

In addition, Jews took that day as their feast and made it the head of the Hebrew year; they also called it the Passover Feast, which is a Hebrew word, meaning exit or crossing.

Meanwhile, when Christianity entered Egypt, the Resurrection Day came with the Egyptians ’celebration of their holiday. The Christians’ celebration was “Easter” on Sunday, followed immediately by “Sham Al-Naseem” on Monday, in the Bermuda month.

The favorite foods of this day, is eggs which symbolize the creation beginning, the salted fish was a symbol of life, growth and goodness, as well as renewed life and onions to drive away evil spirits.