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Sham El Nessim 2011

Today we celebrate a purely Egyptian holiday that does not sepereate people based on beliefs, a day that unites us all and reminds us of our culture, our heritage and our history.

Sham El Nessim can be traced back to 2700 B.C., a holiday that Ancient Egyptians used to celebrate.

Here’s a small excerpt from Wikipedia explaining the origin of  this ancient holiday:

The name of the holiday is derived from the Egyptian name of the Harvest Season, known as Shemu, which means a day ofcreation. According to annals written by Plutarch during the 1st century AD, the Ancient Egyptians used to offer salted fish, lettuce, and onions to their deities on this day.

The former chairman of the Antiquities Authority, explains that:

The spring festival coincided with the vernal equinox and the ancients imagined that that day represented the beginning of creation. The date of Sham ennesim was not fixed. Rather, it was announced every year on the night before the feast at the foot of the Great Pyramid. The feast of Shemu, means “renewal of life”. The Ancient Egyptians first celebrated the feast of Shemu in 2700 BC, towards the end of the 3rd Dynasty.

In his book, Manners and Customs of the Modern EgyptiansEdward William Lane wrote in 1834:

A custom termed ‘Shemm en-Nessem‘ (or the Smelling of the Zephyr) is observed on the first day of the Khamaseen. Early in the morning of this day, many persons, especially women, break an onion, and smell it; and in the course of the forenoon many of the citizens of Cairo ride or walk a little way into the country, or go in boats, generally northward, to take the air, or, as they term it, smell the air, which on that day they believe to have a wonderfully beneficial effect. The greater number dine in the country or on the river. This year they were treated with a violent hot wind, accompanied by clouds of dust, instead of the neseem; but considerable numbers, notwithstanding, went out to ‘smell’ it.

We hope everybody enjoys a very joyful and wonderful day, this would be the best opportunity to celebrate a new dawn for Egypt.

كل عام والمصريين بخير

source: Sham El Nessim Wikipedia Page

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