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History and tradition
Pharaonic inscriptions depict ancient Egyptians catching eel, tilapia, mullet and catfish from the Nile. These fish became a staple of the people living in Ancient Egypt. Fish were eaten in a variety of ways, and the ancient Egyptians were skilled at drying and salting fish, as well as extracting roe. Dried fish was prepared by cleaning the fish, coating the pieces with salt, and placing them the sun to dry. Fasieekh (salted, dried fish) remains a popular meal in Egypt.

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Fish, Milk and Tamr Hendy
سمك، لبن، تمر هندي
Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime

He cut the fish and its tail
مقطع السمكة وديلها
This man is an octopus
راجل اخطبوط

Festivities and traditions
Sham el Nessim literally meaning sniffing the breeze, marks the beginning of the spring. It falls immediately on the first Monday following the Coptic Easter. It is believed that the Egyptians were the first to celebrate this occasion. Salted fish or fiseekh is the main meal of the day along with lettuce and onions.

Publish date 16/10/2013 11:06
Last updated 14/04/2014 17:15