Tea is the national drink of Egypt; it holds a special position that even coffee can’t rival. It’s called “shai”; the tea is almost exclusively imported from Kenya and Sri Lanka. The Egyptian government considers tea a strategic crop and runs large tea plantations in Kenya. Green tea is a recent arrival to Egypt (only in the late 1990s did green tea become affordable) and is not as popular. Egyptian tea comes in 2 varieties: Koshary and Saiidi.

- Koshary, popular in Lower (Northern) Egypt, is prepared using the traditional method of steeping black tea in boiled water and letting it set for a few minutes. It’s almost always sweetened with cane sugar and is often flavored with fresh mint leaves. Milk may or may not be added. Koshary tea is usually light, with less than a half teaspoonful per cup considered to be near the high end.

- Saiidi tea is common in Upper (Southern) Egypt. It’s prepared by boiling black tea with water for 5 mins over a strong flame. Saiidi tea is extremely heavy, with 2 teaspoonfuls per cup being the norm. It’s sweetened with copious amounts of cane sugar - a necessity as the formula and method yield a very bitter tea.

Besides true tea, herbal teas (or tisanes) are often served at Egyptian teahouses, with ingredients ranging from mint to cinnamon and ginger to salep; many of these are ascribed medicinal qualities or health benefits in Egyptian folk medicine. Karkade, a tisane of hibiscus flowers, is a particularly popular beverage and is traditionally considered beneficial for the heart.

Egyptians & seasonal greetings
  • Happy Birthday: kol sana wento tayebeen
  • Happy Eid: kol sana wento tayebeen
  • Merry Christmas: kol sana wento tayebeen
  • Happy Easter: kol sana wento tayebeen
  • Happy New Year: kol sana wento tayebeen
  • Ramadan: kol sana wento tayebeen
  • Independence/National Day: kol sana wento tayebeen
  • Greeting a friend: kol sana wento tayebeen
  • Passing a stranger in the street: kol sana wento tayebeen
  • Leaving an exam: kol sana wento tayebeen
  • Making a dramatic exit: kol sana wento tayebeen
  • After killing a person: kol sana wento tayebeen
Very Rare Picture of Umm Kulthum. Umm Kulthum, born Fātimah ʾIbrāhīm as-Sayyid al-Biltāǧī on an uncertain date and who died February 3, 1975, was an internationally famous Egyptian singer, songwriter, and film actress of the 1930s to the 1970s. Wikipedia Born: May 4, 1904, El Senbellawein, EgyptDied: February 3, 1975, Cairo, EgyptNationality: Egyptian AlbumsEnta OmriEnta OmryBaid AnakOM KOLTHOM, More MoviesWeddadFatmaSalamahDananirThe Chant of HopeAydah

Thutmose IV’s Peristyle Hall
Originally built by Thutmose IV - 1401 BCE to 1391 BCE.
Destroyed by: Amenhotep III - 1390 BCE to 1352 BCE.

“Only four of the pillars composing the peristyle of Thutmose IV remain in situ at Karnak today.  A large section of the peristyle was removed in ancient times during the dismantling of the Thutmose II “festival hall.”  Today, the remains of the structure found during modern work at Karnak have been reconstructed at the temple’s Open Air Museum.  Many of the recovered blocks still have relief scenes accented with vivid red, yellow, green-blue and blue paint.  The raised relief scenes on the pillars depict the king embracing the god Amun.  The inscriptions reference the jubilee (heb-sed) festival of Thutmose IV.”

Photographs taken by kairoinfo4u in Karnak, El-Karnak, Luxor Governorate, Egypt

A Sphinx is a mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion. In Greek tradition, it has the head of a human, the haunches of a lion, and sometimes the wings of a bird. The largest and most famous is the Great Sphinx of Giza, adjacent to the pyramids on the west bank of the Nile, facing east. Although the date of construction is uncertain, its head now is believed to be that of the pharaoh Khafra.

Nefertari, also known as Nefertari Meritmut, was an Egyptian queen and the first of the Great Royal Wives (or principal wives) of Ramesses the Great. The name means “beautiful companion”, while Meritmut means “Beloved of [the goddess] Mut”. She is one of the best known Egyptian queens, next to Cleopatra, Nefertiti, and Hatshepsut. She was highly educated and able to both read and write hieroglyphs, a very rare skill at the time. She used these skills in her diplomatic work, corresponding with other prominent royalties of the time. Her lavishly decorated tomb is one of the largest and most spectacular in the Valley of the Queens. Ramesses also constructed a temple for her at Abu Simbel next to his colossal monument there.