The whole of the Middle East is at a standstill celebrating the biggest Moslem Holiday of the calendar- the Courban Bairan.
General view of the Nile with the Kasr El Nil Bridge
Same with people gathered around vendors
MS people & Vendor with Hilton Hotel in BG
Children at play along the river bank
People dancing & Playing on boat taking them for ride on the Nile
Same (Man in Fez looking out toward river)
small child running
Minaret of the Omar Makkran Mosue in Cairo
Same from courtyard of Mosque
Families sitting in gardens
CU of other form rear
Traffic Policeman with traffic BG
Girl playing Hoola Hoop
General view of the Horrdayh gardens
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Background: The whole of the Middle East is at a standstill celebrating the biggest Moslem Holiday of the calendar- the Courban Bairan. The holiday ends the month dedicated to pilgrimage to the Holy Mecca and it remembers the time when Abraham, ready to sacrifice his son to God, was sent a sheep to use instead.
Egypt has closed down all Government offices, stores for four days and President Abdul Nasser has sent congratulatory messages to other Moslem countries, including for the first time, Turkey, Pakistan and Iran but deliberately excluding Jordan's King Hussein and Iraqi's Kassim.
Cairo in a sweltering heat celebrates the holiday- thousand of people find refuge from the weather on the Nile banks in the gardens.