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Christmas 2014 in Egypt - Hurghada
From London we flew to Hurgahda, a town on the Egyptian Red Sea coast, where we stayed at a seaside resort.
While in Hurghada we took a trip on a glass bottom boat to see the coral reefs under the Red Sea.
On Sunday we visited the Hurghada city center to see the local churches. The Coptic Christian church was having Sunday services, so we were able to go inside, but not take photos.
Nearby we visited the Hurghada Mosque.
Before we could enter the mosque, Suzanna had to dress in appropriate clothing, since women need to cover their heads and hide most of their body.
There was an interesting sign on the outside of the mosque.
We took a quick dip in the Red Sea. It looked so inviting, but it was a little cool this time of the year.
Some of the road signs in Hurghada were quite confusing.
Since this was the Christmas season, some of the palm trees near the resort were decorated in Christmas lights.
Christmas in Egypt is basically a secular celebration, involving Santa Claus. After December 25th, some of the Santa Claus decorations were taken down and some nativity sets were displayed. The Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7th, close to the day when we celebrate Epiphany.
On New Years Eve, the resort had a very elaborate dinner with plenty of New Years Eve decorations.