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On the Monday after Orthodox Easter Sunday, Egypt celebrates one of its favourite springtime holidays: Sham El-Nessim. While its date associates it with Easter, it is not related to any religious event, and is actually one of the longest-standing Egyptian holidays, dating back to as early as 4,500 years ago. The phrase Sham El-Nessim itself, which translates to ‘smelling the breeze’ in Arabic, yet there are two existing theories about the origin of the name. One suggests that it is…