Eygpt: The People
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78,887,007. Population Density:205 per sq mi SIRS
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Arabic (official); English, French SIRS
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Muslim (official; mostly Sunni) 94%, Coptic Christian and other 6%. SIRS
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Egyptians observe Islamic holidays such as Ramadan. They spend the month reading the entire Koran and fasting during the day. They eat and drink only before and after sunset. After Ramadan, people celebrate and give gifts during Eid al-Fitr. Egyptians also have their own festivals. For example, people enjoy picnics and other outings on Sham al-Nasseem. The name means "Scent of the Breeze." The festival welcomes the return of spring. Noisier fun accompanies Maoulid al-Naoubi, Mohammad's birthday. Fireworks, drums and tambourines provide the background for jugglers, magicians and fire-eaters. SIRS DiscovererEgyptians observe Islamic holidays such as Ramadan. They spend the month reading the entire Koran and fasting during the day. They eat and drink only before and after sunset. After Ramadan, people celebrate and give gifts during Eid al-Fitr. Egyptians also have their own festivals. For example, people enjoy picnics and other outings on Sham al-Nasseem. The name means "Scent of the Breeze." The festival welcomes the return of spring. Noisier fun accompanies Maoulid al-Naoubi, Mohammad's birthday. Fireworks, drums and tambourines provide the background for jugglers, magicians and fire-eaters. SIRS Discoverer
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Egypt is a recognized cultural trend-setter of the Arabic-speaking world, and contemporary Arab culture is heavily influenced by Egyptian literature, music, film and television. Egypt gained a regional leadership role during the 1950s and 1960s, which gave a further enduring boost to the standing of Egyptian culture in the Arab world. Wikipedia Women's rights movements are very strong. Egypt has been a leader in this. They have founded unions, political parties, and started a trend of unveiling. Women in the Middle East: Tradition and change
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Western styles appear in the cities. In villages and towns, traditional Egyptian clothes are common. Both men and women wear light cotton robes called galabiah. Some type of cap, scarf or turban protects people from the sun. Some women cover most of their face with a veil. Bedouin women wear layers of light robes that look hot but actually create an effective cooling system. SIRS Discoverer
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Waterways are a major transportation agent for Egypt. The Suez Canal is key to their economy. Railways are another major mode of transportation. Egypt has the oldest railway system in Africa and the Middle East. Roadways can be unsafe due to aging, unrepaired roads, poorly marked signs, and intersections often controlled by one police officer rather than lights. Wikipedia 73 airports with paved runways rank: 66 Railways rank: 34 Cell phone rank: 16 Internet users rank 16 Internet hosts: rank 21 CIA World fact book
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