Public holidays in Egypt

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Holidays in Egypt have many classifications. There are a set of public holidays celebrated by the entire population. There are four Islamic holidays and two Christian holidays.

National holidays

The following holidays are celebrated across the country, with the government offices and ministries closed. These holidays are either national secular holidays or important religious holidays.

Date English Name Description
January 7 Christmas Celebrates the nativity of Jesus Christ, according to the Coptic Calendar (29 Koiak)
January 25 National Police Day - 2011 Revolution Day[1] Celebrates the anniversary of Police officers resistance against the British Army in 1952 and the day of the beginning of the Egyptian revolution of 2011
April 25 Sinai Liberation Day Celebrates the final withdrawal of all Israeli military forces from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982.
May 1 Labour Day
July 23 Revolution Day Celebrates the Egyptian Revolution of 1952
October 6 Armed Forces Day Celebrates Egypt's victory in the October War.

Some government-related offices, including most universities, are also closed on the Coptic Orthodox date of Epiphany, 19 January.

Movable holidays

The following days are public holidays but the date on which each occurs varies, either because the date is fixed relative to the lunar Islamic calendar or (in the case of Sham El Nessim) has no fixed date in any calendar. In order in which they occur:

Date English Name Description
April or May Sham El Nessim (Spring festival) The Monday following Orthodox Easter
1 Muharram Islamic New Year The first day of the year based on the lunar Islamic calendar (1 Muharram)
12 Rabi' al-Awwal Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (Sunni) The birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, according to the Sunni account (12 Rabi al-Awwal)
1 - 3 Shawwal Eid al-Fitr Breaking of the fast of Ramadan, for three days (1-3 Shawwal)
10 - 13 Zul-Higga Eid al-Adha End of the Hajj and commemoration of the Sacrifice of Abraham, for four days (10-13 Dhu al-Hijjah)

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