Welcome Spring! Egyptians to enjoy extended break on 5-6 May for Sham El-Nessim, Labour Day celebrations

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Apr 2024

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has issued two decrees granting public and private sector employees an extended break on Sunday and Monday, 5-6 May, to mark Labour Day and Sham El-Nessim festivities.

Sham El-Nessim


Although Egypt usually celebrates Labour Day on 1 May, this year the premier declared Sunday 5 May a public holiday to observe the day. 

In recent years, the cabinet has shifted paid holidays that fall on weekdays to weekends, to extend the weekend.

Monday 6 May will mark Sham El-Nessim, an ancient Egyptian spring festival celebrated on the day following Coptic Easter Sunday each year.

The paid holiday decision applies to workers in ministries, government institutions, public authorities, local administration units, public sector companies, public enterprise companies, and private sector companies.

Egyptian workers will also enjoy a paid holiday on Thursday 25 April to celebrate the anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day.

Many Egyptians enjoy Sham El-Nessim and other social celebrations in parks and other open venues. So, check the weather forecast if you plan to join the festivities.

While the weather for the first week of May is yet to be predicted, Egypt is experiencing a temporary rise in temperatures this week.

Temperatures in major areas, including Cairo, are expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius.

If you want to enjoy outdoor activities this extended weekend, stay hydrated, and wear cotton clothing.

By the end of April, temperatures are expected to return to the lower thirties in most areas, except for southern Upper Egypt, which includes Aswan and Luxor, where hot weather will persist.

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