Lesson Transcript

Hi, everybody! Do you know how Egyptian people celebrate New Year's Day? In this lesson, you'll learn some important phrases about the Egyptian New Year and some valuable cultural tips.
In Arabic, New Year's day is called...
عيد راس السنة
[slowly] عيد راس السنة
On عيد راس السنة, Egyptian people greet each other by saying كل سنة و أنتو طيبين.
(slow) كل سنة و أنتو طيبين.
This means "Happy New Year."
When you meet someone for the first time in the new year, be sure to greet them with this phrase.
People in Egypt also celebrate the holiday with special events and customs, with having a party being the most common.
(slow) حفلة
This means "party."
This holiday is considered a Christian festivity; however, in a country like Egypt, where both Christians and Muslims reside, New Year's celebrations are not exclusively confined to Christians. Therefore, you can find many parties open to everyone, and not only for a specific group of people. We also find many Muslims celebrating this occasion as well.
On this special day, you can find a lot of posts on Social media starting with the phrase في حفلة راس السنة.
(slow) في حفلة راس السنة.
This means "At the New Year's party.."
Beginning a sentence with a preposition is something that's usually seen on social media and in status updates. You can post on your social media accounts how you celebrated New Year's day using this phrase.
Let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what you've learned. Listen to the expression and repeat after me.
"New Year's Day"
عيد راس السنة
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عيد راس السنة
"Happy New Year!"
كل سنة و أنتو طيبين.
* beep
كل سنة و أنتو طيبين.
* beep
"At the New Year's party."
في حفلة راس السنة.
* beep
في حفلة راس السنة.
Well done! [pause] Here's a fun fact!
New Year's Day is a day where Christians celebrate with Muslims.
Every year in Egypt, Christians celebrate with Muslims during feasts and vice versa. This helps emphasize the fraternity amongst all Egyptians living in a single nation.
You just learned how Arabic people celebrate "New Year's Day" and some important facts about the holiday.
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I'll see you next time. al-salāmu ʿalaykum.

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