What Are Some Egyptian Beliefs, Customs and Traditions?

The majority of Egyptians believe in the Islamic faith with the minority believing in Christianity, but both accept the afterlife. Egyptians customarily value honor, strong family ties and etiquette particularly in social interactions, they practice circumcision on children of both sexes and perform a baby naming ceremony.

The Muslims believe in five pillars of Islam, which include practicing teachings revealed by the prophet Muhammad and giving donations. They also visit shrines and mystics known as the Sufi brotherhoods to seek mediation with God, while the majority Christians who belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church believe in monophysitism.

Egyptians principal loyalty is to their families and relations; they maintain their ties through numerous family gatherings. They value integrity and consider promises unbreakable, and good behavior reflects on the family.

Greetings occur prior all social interactions and guests treated with courtesy. Embracing and handshakes are common betweenthose of the same gender. Guests bring gifts of pastries or candy and remove shoes before entering the host's residence.

Egyptians still practice the circumcision of baby boys and adolescent girls and Sebou, a first rite of passage seven days after a baby's birth. The ceremony characterized by making noise for the baby through banging a mortar and pestle with the aim of building character.