Breathing the Breeze
It is an Egyptian festival occurring annually on Monday, the day
after the Coptic Easter Sunday.
The name of the feast is actually derived from the
ancient Egyptian harvest season that was called "Shamo", which means a
day of creation, On that day, the ancient Egyptians used to offer salted
fish, lettuce and onions to their deities on this day.
The feast of 'Shamo,' means 'renewal of life' which
was later changed during the Coptic age to 'shamm' (smelling or
breathing) and the word 'nessim' (breeze) was added. The ancient
Egyptians first celebrated the feast of Shamo in 2700 BC.
Sham el-Nessim is celebrated by both Christians and
Muslims as it is
considered a national more than religious festival.
The main features of the festival are
Traditional food eaten on this day consists
mainly of Fiseekh, a salted fish, lettuce, green onions,
tirmis and boiled colored eggs.
breathing the breeze =
= موسم الحصاد