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Ancient Egyptian Calendar

Egypt Weather according to The Ancient Egyptian Calendar

Nobody can predict the weather of Egypt better than Egyptians, so here is your guide to the weather via a very useful calendar.
The Coptic calendar, affiliated with the agricultural seasons, is inherited from the ancient Egyptian calendar. To summarise the change in seasons,  each Coptic month is accompanied by its own witty proverb explaining the changing weather.
Tout (Sept 11- Oct 10), Yool lel har mout (‘Kills off the heat waves’)
Known for its good weather, the proverb explains that this time of the year is not good for cultivating new crops and it’s the beginning of autumn.
Baba (Oct 11 – Nov 9) Zar3 Baba yeghleb al nahaba (‘Any theft of crops will hardly be noticed in the harvest of Baba due to its richness’’)
Hatour (Nov 10 – Dec 9) Abou Al dahab Al Mantour (‘Hatour, Where gold is scattered everywhere’)
This month is when Egyptian farmers traditionally plant the wheat seeds and when the corn harvest ripens.
Kihak (Dec 10 – Jan 8) Sabahak Misak, Sheil Eidak men Ghadak w hotaha fi ashak (‘Your day and night are so close, that you finish your breakfast only to start dinner’)
At this time of year, days are short and nights are long.
Touba (Jan 9 – Feb 7) Yekhali el sabia karkouba (‘It causes the young to age’)
Touba is the coldest time of year in Egypt, and as the proverb suggests, can make even the youngest woman ache from cold.
The month is traditionally divided into three:
Touba – the first ten days which are usually very cold.
Tabtab – the following ten days which make a person shiver (hence the name tabtab).
Tabateb – the last days that which go back and forth between good weather and rain.
Amshir (Feb 8 – March 10) Abu al za3abib al keteer, yakhod al agouza w yeteir (‘Amshir huffs and puffs and even makes an old woman fly’)
Amshir is windy and full of sandstorms. Egyptian peasants divided this month into three:
Mashir – also known as the ten days of the shepherd where it is deceptively warm.
Mesharshar – the following ten days of the sheep where it is very cold, rainy and windy and a lot of sheep die in the process.
Sharasher – the last ten days, where old people start to move around and enjoy the warm weather.
Brahmhat (Mar 10 – Apr 8) Roh el Gheit we hat, qamhat, adsat, basalat (‘Bramhat, go reap your harvest of wheat, lentils and onions’)
This is Egypt’s harvest season.
Barmouda (Apr 9 – May 8) Daq al Amouda wala yebqa fel gheit wala ouda (‘Hammering down the stake and not a single green leaf in the land’)
Barmoud is the season of crop storage and the season of dars, meaning separating crusts from the seeds through the movement of farm animals tied to al-nawrag (a wooden handmade cart-like device).
Bashans (May 9- June 7) Bashans yoknos el gheit kans (‘Bashans sweeps the land’)
It’s post-harvest time, when the land is left to rest, to be ready for the next sowing season.
Baouna (June 8 – July 7) Naql wa takhzein el mouna, fieh el harara malouna (Storage season for it’s the season with the hottest weather)
It is close to the flooding season, hence ancient Egyptians learnt to store their goods really well to keep them away from the flood.
Abib (July 8 – August 9) Abib tabakh el enab wel tein (‘Abib the cook of grapes and figs’.
Masry (Aug 7 – Sept 5) Tegri fieh kol ter3a asera (‘All the streams run in this season’)

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I just wanted to drop you a few lines to express just how much Charlie and I enjoyed our trip last week. We returned home yesterday with hundreds of photos and a lifetime of memories.
I cannot thank enough, the Dream Crew, Mahmood and our wonderful guide Ahmed, for their outstanding service; nothing was too much trouble for them and they all worked tirelessly (and seamlessly) to provide exceptional service. It was without fault. Ahmed particularly was incredible, with his extensive knowledge of all things Egyptian and we wish him well with his studies finishing his PhD in Egyptology!
When the boat was caught up in a sandstorm, the crew moved our dining location downstairs to the lounge without it seems, any great effort and ensured our safety at all times. We appreciated this very much. Again, an experience we are very unlikely to every have again. Who would have thought that we would have been caught up on a sandstorm, when on a boat, sailing down the Nile? Despite being forced to moor up for longer than expected, we did not feel that we had missed out on anything and efforts were made to ensure that we made up for lost time too. What a story to tell our Grandchildren! I have been told that this was an exceptionally rare experience which makes it all the more interesting.
We have seen sights which we are not likely to see again and the ‘piece de la resistance’ was being able to go to the valley of the Kings which somehow, I had missed on the itinerary! What an absolute bonus. To be able to get inside some of the tombs and see their magnificent artwork was mind blowing.
Finally, I also wanted to praise the wonderful cook who, despite the small kitchen, produced meal after meal of wonderful food and just how he managed to get 12 plates of food out for serving at the same time, was mind blowing. We’ve been to bigger restaurants who have failed to do that for just a handful of us. The food was wonderful and to be able to get a sample of local Egyptian food to eat, was brilliant. On one occasion, he produced battered fish which was possibly the best we have ever tasted.
All in all, it has been the best holiday we have every had, thanks in no small part, to the wonderful organisation and service provided by everyone on the Dream.
Kind regards,
Susan and Charlie (aka Queen Hatshepsut and Seti I)
Travel Date March 2020

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