Exploring Egyptian Culture

Egypt, known as the “cradle of civilization,” is where you can see the last remaining wonder of the ancient world—the Pyramids of Giza—and walk along the banks of the world’s longest river—the mighty Nile—which divides a harsh, yet beautiful desert. Home to the Cairo Opera House, the Bibliotheca in Alexandria, local bazaars and old Fatimid Cairo, Egyptian culture is a unique mixture of ancient and modern texture blended together into a unique mosaic.

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Egyptian People and Community

In Egyptian culture, grandparents may live in the home with the parents and children, and in many cases, extended families live in one building, but separate apartments. In Egypt, the main meal is lunch, not dinner. Meals may be eaten together or separately, but on weekends or holidays, most families gather for a meal, often including the extended family.

It is common in Egypt for both parents to work; mothers give extra care to the kids. Fathers are the authority figures, especially when it comes to major decisions. Mothers are responsible for household and everyday matters.

Language and Communication Styles

The official language of Egypt is Arabic, with many regional dialects spoken all over the country. English is also commonly used and is taught in schools starting with first grade.

Food in Egypt

Food in Egypt

The Egyptian diet is typically rich in beans, bread, rice, vegetables, and fruits. Lunch is the most significant meal of the day and is often followed by an afternoon rest. Falafel (fried bean balls), and koshary (a dish of rice and lentils) can be purchased from street vendors all over Egypt. The meat in Egypt is always halal and most families prepare food from scratch.

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