– Join the national Egyptian holiday of Mothering Sunday on 21 March 2011

Published: Tue Mar 08 2011

Visitors, who are staying in Aswan hotels can join in the celebrations as Egyptians return home to spend time with their mothers.

The day derived from England where domestic workers were allowed one day of leave from their jobs in order to return to their hometown and visit their mothers and families. The custom was introduced mostly for daughters who left home at an early age to work for rich families. However, the modern day customs see children young and old give flowers, chocolates and hand-made cards to their mothers.

Typically in Christian countries such as England, Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth day of Lent and those who are fasting are allowed to take a day of rest and eat as they please with the family. This day is usually known as Refreshment Day.

Mothering Sunday was introduced in Egypt in by Mostafa Amin in 1956, and later other Arab nations followed suit, celebrating Mothering Sunday on the 21st March each year.

The notion of celebrating the mother figure dates back as far as the 1st century AD when first records document a celebration of the Ancient Egyptians towards their collective god, Isis, the Mother of pharaohs. Isis was portrayed by the people as crowned with a pair of bull horns According to the myth, she was given the title because she gave birth to Horus who defeated the god of chaos, Seth.

Lek Boonlert, marketing head at commented: "Egyptians across the country will return to their hometowns to see their mothers. Travellers in Egypt during this time should check online to ensure availability."


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