A week or so after Tanta’s festival, and a week before Damanhur’s the agricultural town of Dasuq (the “q” usually pronounced as a glottal stop) holds the Moulid of Ibrahim al-Dasuqi (starting Oct 10), drawing almost as many people. Al-Dasuqi (1246–88) was the only native-born Egyptian to found a major Sufi order, the Burhamiya, whose chosen colour is green: the other brotherhoods originated abroad, or were started here by foreigners. Buses and service taxis run to Dasuq from Damanhur, as do service taxis from Kafr al-Sheikh and Rosetta. Service taxis from Dasuq will take you to Fuwa, 13km northwest, which has its own local saint’s festival every year in late October or early November.

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