Ancient Egyptian feasts: Sham el Nessim feast in ancient Egypt

Now we are going to talk about one of the most important ancient Egyptian feasts which is Sham el Nessim feast in ancient Egypt.

Sham el Nessim has derived from ancient Hieroglyphic word “shamu’’. It is one of the Egyptian feasts whereas the Egyptians have celebrated by that day from 4700 years B.C.

Salted fish

Ancient Egyptian feasts
Egypt feasts, salted fish

The ancient Egyptian has performed some specific rituals and ancient tradition dates back to thousands of years such as getting outside to the parks and gardens.

Feasts of ancient Egyptian
Egyptians gather at the parks in Sham el-Nessim

Also, they were preparing special known Egyptian food such as Easter eggs and the most traditional Egyptian food are  “Fesikh”, herring, and sardine ‘’they are kind of salted fish which dried and preserved in a salt for a specific period of time’’.

Moreover; the Egyptians keep performing these rituals and celebrating by this day until now.

Dr Wessam El- Sisi has confirmed that the fish was considered as a Symbol of fertility and they were putting rotten fish specially “Mullets“ with dead people because they were believing that when they turned back to the life, they would find something to eat and they particularly used this kind of fish because this kind put its eggs at the same time of the year so they found it the fittest food to eat during celebration.

Also, they believed that the Nile was the life and taking a walk nearby it considered the most important ritual they must do in the spring season.

The Greek historian ‘’Herodotus’’ confirmed that the Egyptian were eating salted fish in their feasts.

Easter eggs

Easter Egg
Ancient Egyptian feasts, Easter egg

At the beginning, we must mention the causes which made saints ordered Christians to keep coloring eggs in red color.

According to the beliefs of the Christian religion, the Christians colored it to make them always remember Jesus’s blood which had shredded by the Jewish in Palestine then this habit transferred to Coptic people in Egypt and they kept doing this habit until now.

Green onion (symbol of the expulsion of Satan)

This kind of food dates back to sixth Dynasty. The myth has said that the young child of one of the Pharaohs kings has developed an occult disease, so they called the highest priest of Amun Temple and he ordered them to put an onion under his pillow in the sunset and suddenly the boy has recovered, so the king made a great celebration and his people shared him his joy.


Ancient Egypt feasts
The food of Sham el-Nessim

This plant dates back to the fourth dynasty whereas this plant has grown in the spring season and it was called ‘’love’’ in Hieroglyphic language, the pharaohs considered it as one of the holiest plants belonging to ‘’mMin’’ god of Reproduction.

In addition, the Swedish scientists paid attention to this plant and they did a lot of experiments and studies which have shown that there is a strong relationship between Lettuce and fertility, also they found out lettuce oil which promotes and increases the sexual ability because it is very Rich in Vitamin H and Reproductive hormones.

Now, we have mentioned the most interesting facts about one of the most important feasts among the ancient Egyptian feasts.