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Ismailiya Travel Guide

Festivals in Ismailiya

The town of Ismailiya is a very good place to observe the spring festival of Shams el Nessim, however when the families picnic in the park between the Sweetwater Canal and Lake Timsah, and a Flower Festival adds colour to the occasion.

Other Festival in Ismailiya is the "Doll-Burning" or Limbo Festival, held a week later. It's very curious title refers to a hated 19th century local governor Limbo Bey, effigies of whom were torched by the citizenry. Ever since then, it has been customary to burn dolls resembling one's pet hate: footballers are popular targets whenever Ismailiya's soccer club does poorly. Usually the dolls are burned on the streets after dark.

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