10 Lasting Traditions from Ancient Egypt

10 lasting traditions from Ancient Egypt

There is no doubt that the Ancient Egyptians Civilization was one of the most important civilisations and that it still amazes and fascinates the whole world today.  Many of its traditions and practices have endured until today.
Today I want to share with you 10 lasting traditions from Ancient Egypt

1- Writing
The Ancient Egyptians invented writing and were the first people who used the pen and sheets of papyrus to register everyday activity.
2- Easter holiday 
The Ancient Egyptians were the first to celebrate Easter and they used to colour eggs at Easter time.
3- The Calendar
The Ancient Egyptians had divided the year into seasons that consisted of 365 days. Two lasting Calendar scenes can still be seen today, one in Abydos Temple and the other at Kom-Ombo Temple. There is also a calendar masterpiece on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
4- Surgical instruments
The Ancient Egyptians invented several surgical instruments to use in medical operations and the famous scene of surgical instruments in Kom-Ombo Temple shows the similarity between their surgical instruments and ones used today including forceps to aid the delivery of babies.
5-  The Wedding Ring
Well that might surprise some people but the fact of the matter is giving a bride a ring on their wedding day was indeed an Ancient Egyptian tradition and of course now practised worldwide.
6- Music
We have learned from several artistic scenes in the Valley of the Nobles on the West bank of Luxor city that Music and dancing played an important part to entertain and amuse them.
7- Social Drinking (Wine & Beer)
Beer was the official drink of all Ancient Egyptians while wine was the drink of Royalties. Ancient Egyptians made their beer of barley while their wine was made out of grapes and apples. A tomb of a brewer who served an ancient Egyptian court more than 3,000 years ago has just been discovered in Luxor.
The man buried in it was “head of beer production”, archaeologists say.
8- Wrapping the dead body in Linen.
The Ancient Egyptians used to wrap their mummified bodies in white linen before they buried them; surprisingly this is still the same tradition in modern Egypt, as the dead body must be wrapped in white linen before being buried.
9-  Wrestling
One of the most important sporting scenes that had been represented in Beni-Hassan Tombs in El Minya City (Middle of Egypt 300Km south of Cairo) shows how the Ancient Egyptians were passionate about the Wrestling sport.
10- Astrology
The Temple of Dandara north of Luxor city contains the famous Zodiac scene that has the scorpion and the balance among other Horoscopic astrology figures.

If you want to learn more about the 10 lasting traditions from Ancient Egypt or if Ancient Egypt has always fascinated you or you have a special interest then please contact us regarding our special Egyptology focussed itinerary to learn more.
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Written by Mohamed Fahmy
MA Egyptology
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What a unique experience this was for my husband and I and a group of friends ( 5 other couples). I felt like we were going back in time and living the life that a well to do 19th century family would have while they were sojourning down the Nile River. The decor of the living spaces on the second level upstairs on the upper deck looked like pieces you would see in a palace of royalty. The bedrooms on the first level that had windows that opened up just above the water level were spacious and comfortable. The bed was comfy as can be!!
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The tours that were scheduled for us were so well run and our Egyptologist, Ahmed , was obtaining his Ph.D in Egyptology and was so very interesting and knowledgeable. We had the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon ride and also a trip to Abu Simbel which were both amazing and unforgettable. After every tour we arrived back on the boat and were greeted by Tito and Adam with specialty cold lovely drinks and cold lemon scented wet towels to refresh ourselves with.
Tito took us shopping in the Luxor Market for a couple of hours the day before we left. He helped us negotiate the goods we purchased which was a huge help.
Lastly I have to mention our Dahabiya Cruise Captain, Mahmoud . This guy was amazing! He made sure we had everything we needed and kept us entertained with his humour and incredible dancing skills. Our group learned so much about the Egyptian culture from him during our dinner conversations.
Our group all agreed that we would miss these wonderful, thoughtful people that we spent a week with and hope they all knew how much we appreciated each one of them.

Joan Mancini
Travel date Sept 2021

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