Ramadan street feasts return to Egypt

STORY: In the working-class Cairo neighborhood of Matariya, residents sat back-to-back along two tables running down a narrow street festooned with balloons, bunting and banners as they enjoyed a meal of barbecued meat, rice and pickles.

Evening street meals are organised by charities for the poor, while others, like the one in Matariya, are run by local communities which pool food donations.

"The Ramadan spirit is back," said Haitham Adel, an organiser of the Matariya meal. "People are back to eating together without being worried."

Egypt has been hit by successive waves of COVID-19 infections and imposed a nighttime curfew that coincided with Ramadan in 2020. Most restrictions have now been lifted.

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