Best Times to Visit

Weather

Warm all year and dry all year, but hottest between June and September. Negligible rainfall, except on the coast. In April the hot, dusty Khamsin wind blows from the Sahara. (For more information, see Climate in Egypt).

Travellers are advised to bring linens and lightweight cottons during summer, with warmer clothes for cooler evenings and winter.

Festivals

Egypt is famous for its many festivals and religious carnivals, also known as mulids. They are usually associated with a particular Coptic or Sufi saint, but are often celebrated by all Egyptians irrespective of creed or religion.

Ramadan has a special flavour in Egypt, celebrated with sounds, lights (local lanterns known as fawanees) and much flare that many Muslim tourists from the region flock to Egypt during Ramadan to witness the spectacle.

The ancient spring festival of Sham en Nisim has been celebrated by Egyptians for thousands of years, typically between the Egyptian months of Baramouda (April) and Bashans (May) following Easter Sunday.

Public Holidays

The following holidays are celebrated across the country, with the government offices and ministries closed.

Date English Name
January 7 Eastern Christmas
April 25 Sinai Liberation Day
May 1 Labour Day
July 23 Revolution Day
October 6 Armed Forces Day

Movable Holidays

The following holidays are public holidays but the date on which each occurs varies, according to its corresponding calendar, and thus has no set date. In order in which they occur:

  • Sham El Nessim (Eastern Easter)
  • Islamic New Year
  • Prophet Mohammed's Birthday
  • Ramadan Feast
  • Sacrifice Feast

Other Holidays

These holidays are widely celebrated, yet government offices, public institutions and ministries remain open.

Date English Name
January 1 New Year's Day
March 21 Mother's Day
June 18 Evacuation Day (Eid ElGalaa)
August 15 Flooding of the Nile (Wafaa Elnil)
October 21 Egyptian Naval Day
October 24 Suez Day / Popular Resistance Day
December 23 Victory Day