C: Colored Eggs for S: Sham el Nessim

Okay, so they’re not the most spring-colored eggs, but I do think they match our rocky Sinai mountains! And Sham el Nessim is not complete without a basket of colorful eggs. Today in Egypt, the Monday after Coptic Christian Easter, the country celebrates Sham el Nessim, literally meaning “sniff the breeze”. This spring festival dates back to the time of the pharaohs but is still celebrated as a national holiday by both Muslims and Christians. Today, Egyptians will spend the day outside in gardens or any green space they can find – along the Nile, at the zoo – and enjoy the fresh breeze. Traditionally, people eat feseekh (a salted, and very smelly fish), green onions, lettuce, termis (lupini beans)…and colored boiled eggs.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and sniff the breeze!

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