Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tis Almost The Season


That's right, it's mid-November and time for all good residents of Cairo and Giza to prepare for the Christmas Bazaar Barrage. We have at least half a dozen Christmas bazaars (or is it bizarres?) here to help everyone out with their Christmas shopping. And we need them! Egypt celebrates Christmas twice, on Dec 25 and on Jan 7, to accommodate all flavours of Christianity and because no Egyptian can pass up a good party. Artisans, small businesses, and charities sell items at these bazaars and a portion of the sales go to various charities. And for all of you in snowy climates, sorry about the sunglasses and tans, but what can we say?

9 comments:

Mia said...

so cool.. wish I were there. I could use a new pair of silver earrings ;)

Only problem is, their version of silver is slightly different than US, but cool anyway even if it does turn your finger green :)

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

Oh no, these are sterling silver. The ones that turn your finger green are the ones that people buy for peanuts in the Khan. Silly really, since sterling silver is so cheap here.

Caroline said...

I hope they dont mob and bully buyers like they do at some bazaars here!

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

The sellers at the charity bazaars are very polite. The buyers can get a little rowdy sometimes. And the bazaars are often very crowded.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

The sellers at the charity bazaars are very polite. The buyers can get a little rowdy sometimes. And the bazaars are often very crowded.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

The sellers at the charity bazaars are very polite. The buyers can get a little rowdy sometimes. And the bazaars are often very crowded.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

The sellers at the charity bazaars are very polite. The buyers can get a little rowdy sometimes. And the bazaars are often very crowded.

Leif Hagen said...

And who doesn't like the chance to show for some glitzy, glamourous bling-bling! I'd have to drag my wife away from there!

Merri said...

I just went to a cowboy Christmas bazaar here - such a difference in cultures!
- The Equestrian Vagabond