Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan Muslims fast during the day and feast at night, thus normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some restaurants are closed during the day but most tourist attractions and hotels are not affected. Some disruption may also appear during the two-day Grand Feast.

2009
7 Jan* Coptic Christmas Day
9 Mar Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday (Moulid El Nabi)
25 Apr Sinai Liberation Day (Sinai only)
27 Apr* Coptic Easter (Sham el-Nassim)
1 May Labour Day
23 Jul National Day, also known as Revolution Day
11 Sep* Coptic New Year
20-23 Sep End of Ramadan (Eid El Fitr )
6 Oct Armed Forces Day
27-28 Nov Grand Feast, Feast of Sacrifice (Eid El Adha)
18 Dec Islamic New Year (El Hijra)

2010
7 Jan* Coptic Christmas Day
26 Feb Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday (Moulid El Nabi)
25 Apr Sinai Liberation Day (Sinai only)
28 Apr* Coptic Easter (Sham el-Nassim)
1 May Labour Day
23 Jul National Day also known as Revolution Day
11 Sep* Coptic New Year
6 Oct Armed Forces Day
10-13 Sep End of Ramadan (Eid El Fitr)
16-17 Nov Grand Feast, Feast of Sacrifice (Eid El Adha)
7 Dec Islamic New Year (El Hijra)

* These holidays are not official, although Coptic Christians may observe them.

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