Culture Corner – Egypt

Culture Corner - Egypt

Located on the continent of Africa, covers 995,450 square kilometers of land and 6,000 square kilometers of water, it’s the 30th largest nation in the world with a total area of 1,001,450 square kilometers. Which nation associates with these features? Yes,  it’s Egypt with one of the oldest known cultures in the world. Following the Pharaonic era, Egypt’s cultures developed under the influence of Hellenism, Christianity, and Islamic cultures.


There are about 90 percent of the Egyptian who are Sunni Muslims, 8 percent are Coptic Christians and the remaining 2 percent are a small Jewish population. On Fridays, which is the Muslim holy day, most businesses are closed, with some also closed on Thursdays.  In addition, Egyptian Muslims fast during the month of Ramadan and are only entitled to work for six hours each day. Individuals who are not required to fast during Ramadan are not allowed to eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum in public. It’s a way of showing respect and having good manners which are relevant in Egyptian culture.


Koshari a vegetarian dish. It’s considered to be an famous Egyptian dish and street food. It is very simple, and this simplicity is what makes it very tasty. It consists of a combination of macaroni, rice, lentils, chick peas, all layered together with a spicy tomato sauce and fried crispy onions. If you ever travel to Egypt, don’t ever forget to taste this Egyptian street food Koshari.


Egyptian women  wear clothes that covers all parts of their bodies. However, it’s not a surprise to see some women not wearing a hijab. Because Egypt is a hot country, therefore some people tend to wear lightweight clothes which keeps them cool. On the other hand , there are no religious restriction upon men’s clothing. Most Egyptian men today wear Western type clothing. Learning some aspects of other cultures is a great experience.  When we, as individuals, learn about other cultures, it helps us to understand and feel more engage with the world.