Ancient Egyptian culture has a lot of customs and traditions. We will discuss in this article the feasts as an important part of Egypt culture, and any other culture in the world.
Feasts in ancient Egypt
It was a pleasure and sociability for the ancient Egyptians to set feasts, and gather as many of their relatives and friends as they could as these dining tables for dinner or supper.
We see many scenes on the walls of their tombs, showing feasts in the houses of eternity (tombs) and in the permanent places (temples).
These feasts actually resembled in all aspects those set by the owner of the tomb in his lifetime.
Facts about feasts in Islamic ages
In Islamic ages, feasts were set in the same splendid and elegant manner of a manuscript of the thesis entitled the physicians, invitation by al-Moukhtar Ibn Al-Hassan Ibn Butlan Al-Baghdadi, which is preserved in Lambrsiana Library in Milan, and transcribed by Mohammed Ibn Qaisar Al-Eskandary, 672 A.H 1273 A.D.
Egypt culture facts: feasts during the Fatimid Dynasty
During the Fatimid age, feasts were set in some mosques, the house of the Vizir and in the golden gallery of the palace.
Feasts in Ramadan were set in the Caliph’s palace from the 4th day to the end of the month every night. The feasts on the two Bairams were given care.
On the same footing Lesser Bairam two tables were laid; one after morning prayers, and the other after the Bairam prayers.
A wide variety of food was plentiful and abundant so that the public were allowed to take the left over and sell them.
On each table, there were twenty-one large trays; every one of them was full of twenty-one lambs and three-hundred and fifty hens and pigeons. Other dishes were full of hens, sweets, and desserts.
This brings back to our memories the festivals of circumcision of Ottoman Sultans’ sons, where the dining tables were wooden boards and others were for VIP guests or senior ranks, and where numerous servants stood to serve food and drinks for the guests.
In ancient Egypt, dynamic preparations in the stores and kitchens, and processing of meat preceded the setting of dining tables.
Fruits were put in pyramidal-shape dishes and golden cups were also used.
It was a custom when a significant guest has invited the patron of the family stood at the door to receive him guests were ushered to exchange greetings and chat for a while before each one took his place.
The seats of high-rank officials had high backs ornamented with gold leaves and inlaid with jewels.
Elegant seats were reserved for VIP’s, while the rest of the guests had to sit on mats.
Servants and maids went around the guests distributing flowers and perfumes, in addition to dishes and plates of food.
Thus, it’s clear that feasts were important matters to the ancient Egyptians who depicted its scenes on the walls of the tombs.
On the other hand, Muslim painters also had expressed these feasts in their manuscripts.
If those feasts were not of great importance, the ancient Egyptians and the Arabs would not have taken interest in depicting them.
This habit considers as one of the most important habits of Egyptian culture.