Introducing your students to different festivals and celebrations around the world is a great way to promote cultural diversity in the classroom! Here are some free resources to start fostering a multicultural environment in your English class. Looking for more ways to support cultural diversity? Check out our blog post on tips for creating a culturally diverse environment. Let us know in the comments what works best for you and your students!

Sham El-Nessim
Sham El-Nessim, meaning “Smelling the Zephyr,” is a popular festival in Egypt, celebrated annually on the day following Coptic Christian (Orthodox Christian church based in Egypt) Easter Monday. This ancient tradition celebrates the arrival of spring with families and friends gathering for picnics in parks or by the Nile River. They enjoy the blossoming flowers and preparing traditional foods like salted fish and coloured eggs, symbolising fertility and new life. The custom of “Fasikh,” salting and drying fish, persists from ancient times, believed to protect people from evil spirits and ensure good health. Children fly kites and play traditional games. This festival unites Egyptians of all religions to celebrate and connect with their community each year.

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Trouble at the Temple

Download this escape room style activity about ancient Egypt from our primary series Time Travellers. Each unit of Time Travellers has a Time Travel Mission where the friends learn about the past. The activity includes session plans and is suitable for upper-level primary.

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A Day in the Life of an Ancient Egyptian Doctor

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A Day in the Life of an Ancient Egyptian Doctor
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