Friday, February 16, 2007
V.D. in Cairo
Who knew that Valentine's Day was such a big deal in Cairo? Not me. I never would've thunk it.
For weeks leading up to the big day, there were signs and gifts everywhere. Like in the States, before Halloween.
It reached a kind of frenzy on the 13th, with stuffed bears spilling out onto the sidewalks and giant hearts advertised on windows.
On the actual 14th of February, I saw something new--women with headscarves on the metro had red fringes on their scarves, or red sticking out from under their wraps. Were they going on dates?
I saw a half-dozen Egyptian couples wandering around Zamalek, some hand in hand, which is something I have not seen any other time. Maybe Valentine's Day is a kind of free pass to be lovey-dovey in public.