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    Ramadan

    by uglyscot Written Oct 21, 2009

    Ramadan is a month of fasting when Moslems will not eat or drink anything between sunrise and sunset. After the fast is broken they have a meal and some people then have a late supper and another meal before dawn, called the sahoor. Ramadan can last from 27-30 days depending on when the new moon s are seen.
    At the Eid all males go nto do communal prayers and then celebrate by visiting, going on picnics etc.
    The streets may be decorated and from the beginning of Ramadan a lamp or fanoos will be hung up either outside the house or in the street. This is particularly common in Egypt but not everywhere in the Islamic world.

    Ramadan lamp lamp lamp and decorations decorated street
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    • Festivals
    • Arts and Culture

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    greeting

    by catherineneill Written Jun 3, 2007

    When greeting people, be careful of your reactions to the opposite sex. Men should especially not shake hands with native women unles they initiate the greeting. Women should avoid contact with strange men. Many families still hold conservative islamic views on gender mixing. In some poorer, more conservative areas if a man is talking to a man and wife, the wife is almost always ignored. This is not rude but rather shows respect to your host.

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    Egyptian Shia And Muslim Brotherhood Are Terrible!

    by Mangos2014 Updated Dec 14, 2013

    Take caution when traveling to Egypt! Make a honest person you know meet you at the airport, or some trustworthy person! The taxi drivers there will rip you off if you don't know the rates, so keep someone trustworthy with you. There should be a trustworthy person with you all ways there advising you what to do there. Make sure you only talk to honest people there who you have been advised to talk to. Don't go anywhere by yourself. If you are planning on marrying an Egyptian make sure the family are not shiites, prostitutes, or Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members! There are many shiite families in Egypt, so you have to make sure they are not shiites. Those Egyptian shiite/raafedah women and their families kill foreigner's children and their own children, so take heed your baby doesn't end up in the trash! There are many Egyptians who love to scam people and take there money, so be careful. Don't become involved with any of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members. Nasr City, Cairo Egypt have a large population of extremist shia raafedah, so take heed where you obtain an apartment if you are planning on staying there from some time. Take caution when traveling to Egypt! Make a honest person you know meet you at the airport, or some trustworthy person! The taxi drivers there will rip you off if you don't know the rates, so keep someone trustworthy with you. There should be a trustworthy person with you all ways there advising you what to do there. Make sure you only talk to honest people there who you have been advised to talk to. Don't go anywhere by yourself. If you are planning on marrying an Egyptian make sure the family are not shiites, prostitutes, Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members! There are many shiite families in Egypt, so you have to make sure they are not shiites. Those Egyptian shiite/raafedah women and their families kill foreigner's children and their own children, so take heed your baby doesn't end up in the trash! There are many Egyptians who love to scam people and take there money, so be careful. Don't become involved with any of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members. Nasr City, Cairo Egypt have a large population of extremist shia raafedah, so take heed where you obtain an apartment if you are planning on staying there from some time. Also, don't break the law there, or have anyone accuse you falsely of something you didn't do except that you obtain an attorney because the Egyptian Police and the Egyptian Military will sting/stun you many times with their directed energy gadgets which are something like the death ray and prevent you from sleeping! Keep your cell phone with you, charger, and an extra battery.

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    • Religious Travel
    • Business Travel

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    islam and customs

    by catherineneill Written Jan 9, 2006

    obviously the religion of the people here will affect and create customs. of course, you will find westernised people, shop keepers who have been abroad, restaurant and hotel owners who worked in america, to which thee customs do not apply. but if you manage to meet a local among the tourists, keep in mind the following:

    men should not shake hands with a local woman, unless she offers a hand
    likewise, women should not shake hands or kiss a local man on greeting.

    you may find on meeting a local man that he may not introduce his wife

    if invited to eat in a family or traitional setting, you should eat with your right hand from the area in front of you. do not start eating until the head of the house says 'bismella'

    during ramadan (muslim holy fast month) it is advisable not or eat or drink or smoke in public. also, appreciate that tempers may be frayed.

    public displays of affection are a no-no

    some local hotels (im not talking hilton etc here, i mean family run) may be reluctant to let unmarried couples stay. but they probably are easier on tourists.

    women should cover heads in the mosques, no shorts for men or women.

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  • Female only cars on metro

    by syhto Written Mar 24, 2006

    I tried riding the metro and jumped in only to realize it was for females only. I got off at the next stop and hopped into another section. Although no one said anything I may have offended the ladies so please be careful.

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    Shoes

    by Prasnjavi Updated Mar 31, 2004

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    You have to take off your shoes in mosques. It will be good if you are in something which you can dress off easily. You will have to take it with you in your hands.

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