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Profiles in Culture: Egypt
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PTPI’s Cairo, Egypt (Nile of Peace) Student Chapter – the following responses were compiled by members of the chapter
Country of Residence:
1. Describe your favorite cultural tradition:
Well my favorite is belly dancing! Belly dancing is a well-known tradition that most Egyptian girls can do perfectly. Our country is known for belly dancers and felouka (feluccas) that always attract tourists all around the world. They travel thousands of miles especially to see those magnificent shows.
2. In your opinion, what is the most significant issue facing your country in the present day?
Honestly, my country has had so many problems recently (the revolution and its consequences). Despite that, companies in Egypt (like Coca Cola, Pepsi, Vodafone and others) are trying so hard to make a great difference in Egypt, a better one, by spending money on charity, putting smiles on people’s faces, helping children with physical problems, and other beautiful and peaceful things that make the world a better place. Cooperation is being created every day and this will really change Egypt and make it one of the most fascinating countries ever!
3. What do you consider to be the most important holiday in your country and how is it celebrated?
Egypt has different holidays for each sector of the nation but what makes each holiday special is that everyone enjoys it. I guess the most important one is Eid El-Fetr, when Muslims break their fast after the holy month of Ramadan. It is celebrated with prayer and then several visits to family members and friends.
4. Which part of your country’s history do you find most interesting?
Egypt’s history throughout all the ages is more than interesting. There is historical appeal in all of the eras: Pharaonic, Greek, Byzantine, Islamic and Christian. What I find most interesting is the Pharaonic part, which inspired the whole world and led to discoveries in many fields that we have been unable to understand until now. This part of Egypt’s history has been amazing the world for so long and will amaze the world for ages to come.
5. What languages are spoken in the country you live in? How many of those languages do you speak and which ones?
The languages are Arabic, English, and French. I can speak Arabic and English.
6. What is the customary form of greeting in your country?
Kissing on the cheek from two to four times when greeting the same gender, accompanied with a hand shake or hug. If greeting someone of a different gender it is just a hand shake.
7. What is the most popular sport in your country?
8. What is your favorite traditional meal and how do you make it?
The most traditional meal is beans…easy to cook and very delicious. People cook beans in many different ways but the most common is to boil them and serve them with bread.
9. Where in the world would you most like to visit?
10. What is your favorite word? What is your least favorite word? If those words are not in English, what do they mean?
My favorite word is love and my least favorite is hatred.
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