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PHOTO GALLERY: Egyptians celebrate Sham El-Nessim



Crowds outside the zoo on Sham El-Nessim
Egyptians celebrate Sham El-Nessim
Egyptians in Nile boats on the occasion of Sham El-Nessim
Kids celebrate Sham El-Nessim at the zoo
Egyptians celebrate Sham El-Nessim
Egyptians eat salty fish "Herring" on the occasion of Sham El-Nessim
A man blows water bubbles at the zoo
Kids watch birds at the zoo
Egyptians in Nile boats on the occasion of Sham El-Nessim
Egyptians at the zoo on Sham El-Nessim
Egyptians celebrate Sham El-Nessim
Egyptians in Nile boats on the occasion of Sham El-Nessim
Egyptians celebrate Sham El-Nessim
Crowding outside the zoo on the occasion of Sham El-Nessim
Egyptians celebrate Sham El-Nessim

Sham El-Nessim is an old Egyptian tradition which can be traced back to an ancient festival welcoming the new harvest.

It is celebrated by eating salty fish called "Herring" and vegetables.

Egyptians still celebrate Sham El-Nessim as a sign of the Spring advent. It is an official holiday and people visit parks and public gardens.

All photos by Mai Shaheen