CAIRO: Egypt’s 30 natural protectorates will be opened to visitors for free during Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holiday, which starts Thursday, according to the Ministry of Environment.
During feasts, Egyptians usually head to public parks and gardens as part of their celebrations.
Protectorates constitute approximately 17 percent of Egypt’s total area. Opening all protectorates nationwide “comes as part of the Ministry of Environment’s plans to encourage environmental tourism in order to raise awareness of the importance of Egypt’s natural resources,” head of Environmental Protection Agency, Ahmed Abu el-Seoud told Youm7.
Seoud added that among the reserves that witness huge turnout by the public is: Ras Mohamed in South Sinai, Wady el-Gemal (Camel’s Valley) in the Red Sea governorate, Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley) in the Western Desert and Wadi el-Rayan southwest of the Fayoum Oasis.
Eid al-Adha marks the end of the annual Hajj (pilgrimage) and the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son to God.
After the end of Eid al-Adha prayers, many Egyptians head to butcher shops to perform traditional animal sacrifice, usually sheep, goats and cows. The meat is shared with family, friends and the poor.