For the love of Egypt: Happy Shamm el-Nassim

“How should Spring bring forth a garden on hard stone? Become earth, that you may grow flowers of many colors. For you have been heart-breaking rock. Once, for the sake of experiment, be earth!” -RumiIMG_1906

Egyptians ‘sniff the spring breeze’ on Shamm el-Nassim, a pharaonic tradition in which Egyptians celebrate the arrival of spring by eating salty fish (fiseeskh), green onions, and boiled eggs. ( .  This year, because of coronavirus, Egyptians are in a two-day lock down unable to share the day with friends and family in parks, gardens, and on bridges. Though families and friends cannot gather to share the holiday food, this ancient tradition of gratitude for the passing of time and the appreciation of life continues as it has over millennia.

As I stand in a long queue in London, waiting my turn to enter a grocery store, I look across the street to a nearby park and I am reminded to ‘sniff the spring breeze’, even though the warning to stay home is clearly noted.


As the queue moves forward, messages on stone appear:


I breath deeply in gratitude for the opportunity to know the meaning of Shamm el-Nassim. Thank you, Egypt.

9 thoughts on “For the love of Egypt: Happy Shamm el-Nassim

  1. Scenes and symbols explain more than words and speech. I always derive meanings from every scene and symbol i come across. Every sign leads to multiple other signs endlessly. All the signs and the scenes are but ‘Hyperreality’. My God wipe away the Corona-V-19 from our midst.

  2. Hello Lesley! I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say it was a pleasure working together for the time that we did. I’m happy to be able to ‘follow along’ still via your blog here, and so appreciate your deep insights gained from travel and curiosity. All’s well for me in Seattle and I do hope the same for you. My best regards!

    • Thank you so much! It is wonderful to hear from you. I tried to contact you in the last month but did not get a response so it is great to hear from you through my site. Do keep in touch. I am glad you are well. My very best to you, Lesley

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