7 Types of 3edeya Givers We Encounter During Eid

7 Types of 3edeya Givers We Encounter During Eid

  The word ‘Eid’ is not only synonymous with family gatherings and delicious Kahk; it is also synonymous with ‘El 3edeya’ (a tradition that dictates that the older members of the family give a sum of money of their choosing to the younger members). With this particular tradition comes a list of the different types […]

It’s Time to Kill The “Mosalsalat Do not Represent Egyptian Society” Argument

It’s Time to Kill The “Mosalsalat Do not Represent Egyptian Society” Argument

Idealists have been spamming my timeline recently with long Facebook posts and essay – like rants surrounding how this year’s Ramadan mosalsalat are not aligned nor reflective of Egyptian society’s values and traditions.   One mosalsal that is being particularly mentioned a lot in these kinds of rant-y posts is ‘La Totfe2 El Shams’. This is […]

14 Reasons Why It’s #TimeForTaiwan

14 Reasons Why It’s #TimeForTaiwan

Last week, we were invited by Taiwan’s Ministry of Tourism to experience the the hidden gems of Taiwan. Having never been to the far East, we had no idea what to expect, but boy did we get the biggest surprise of our lives. Taiwan is an island that is surrounded and filled with a great amount […]

6 Weird Easter Traditions from Around the World

6 Weird Easter Traditions from Around the World

Trust me, feseekh ain’t so bad after all.     Philippines   By far the most drastic on this list, Christian Filipinos take the crucifixion of the Lord entirely to heart and literally volunteer to undergo the same ordeal every single year. Some individuals also volunteer to be whipped with bamboo sticks and sharp blades […]

10 Weird New Year’s Traditions From around the World

Following up on our peek at Weird Christmas Traditions around the World, we wondered about New Year’s customs. Sure enough, we found some interesting practices… although metal divination sounds like a legit upgrade from our Arabic coffee grinds.     Bear jam   In Romania, upon the New Year’s arrival, townspeople gather around, play music […]

10 Weird Christmas Traditions around the World

10 Weird Christmas Traditions around the World

Yes, folks, it’s just about the time of year when you hide your brooms so the witches don’t steal them. Wait what?!     Santa’s Sidekick   In Austria, Santa’s demonic accomplice Krampus goes around punishing the naughty children who St. Nicholas won’t be visiting this year. Men actually dress up as Krampus and roam […]

Thought-Provoking Egyptian Comics That You Should Be Reading

Thought-Provoking Egyptian Comics That You Should Be Reading

Comics have always been a part of our youth. With Flash, Mickey and many more comics playing a huge role in our childhood, it was sad to see them die out just because we got older. With a number of talents who want to address social, cultural and even gender-based issues through arts, the return of […]

9 Reasons Every Young Arab Wants to Move Out of Their Parents’ Home

9 Reasons Every Young Arab Wants to Move Out of Their Parents’ Home

I’m the kind of person that has almost zero problems with my parents (except for the nine problems mentioned below). I love my parents. However, I find it extremely unnatural for a fully grown-up person, be it a girl or a guy, to still live with their parents after they start making their own money. […]

The ‘3awanes’ Curse: Why Is It Shameful to Be Over 25 and Not Married?

The ‘3awanes’ Curse: Why Is It Shameful to Be Over 25 and Not Married?

“3o2balek“, the word we’ve been hearing since we were kids. Or actually to be fair it used to be directed at our parents and would be more of “3o2bal banatek“. Why at the age of two someone would be thinking about our marital status should be shocking, but it’s not when we live in Egypt. […]

Experiencing Ramadan in the West

Experiencing Ramadan in the West

“I often say to people that what makes fasting hard for me is coffee. I don’t mind going without food or water, I just can’t get anything done without my morning coffee,” says Noran Azmy. Azmy, living in Germany, faces the same problem we all face across the world. Fasting has always been difficult because you […]