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History and tradition
Ancient Egyptians were known to be consumers of mostly bread and beer. Due to the fact that meat is expensive, it was frequently eaten by the rich. Egyptians mostly ate the meat of cows and sheep and occasionally ate calves, oxen and poultry. Regarding the common people, meat was eaten rarely. Poultry such as chicken, duck, goose, pigeon and stork were and still are eaten by Egyptians. The poor would also eat quails or cranes. Some would salt down duck to try preserving it.
Pork was also consumed even though pigs were associated with the evil god Seth. Pork was widely consumed in Lower Egypt, but rarely in Upper Egypt. Nowadays, pork is spread throughout Egypt.

Special features
Those who eat meat frequently are considered relatively wealthy.
It is very common for an average and below average family not to eat meat for a long period of time. 
The son of the geese is a swimmer
إبن الوذا عوام
One bird in your hand is better than 1000 on the tree
عصفور في الياد ولا ألف على الشغر 
Eating pigeon’s is the king’s meal
أكل الحمام أكل ملكي

Festivities and traditions
Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is a four-day holiday where Muslims come together to celebrate their faith by eating a lot of red meat. Often times, fried liver is served for breakfast, while the rest of the animal constitutes meals for lunch and dinner. It is common to give away meat to poor families.
The aqeeqah is a post birth event commanded by the Prophet (SAWS) which has religious significance. The family would sacrifice one or two goats in favor of the newborn.

Publish date 16/10/2013 11:06
Last updated 15/04/2014 11:12