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With End of Ramadan, Egypt's Few Liquor Stores Reopen

As Ramadan ends, one of the lesser-known traditions in Egypt is the reopening of liquor stores in Cairo. Hamada Elrasam photographs the excitement as the city's few, yet popular, liquor stores reopen.
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Young Egyptian men take a selfie photograph in front of one of the local liquor stores as they celebrate its reopening on the last day of Ramadan, in Cairo, Egypt, June 5, 2016. Liquor is legally prohibited for Egyptians in Egypt during the holy month of Ramadan.
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Young Egyptian men take a selfie photograph in front of one of the local liquor stores as they celebrate its reopening on the last day of Ramadan, in Cairo, Egypt, June 5, 2016. Liquor is legally prohibited for Egyptians in Egypt during the holy month of Ramadan.

“I just turned 21 yesterday, and Ramadan is just finished, and tomorrow is the Eid. I’m trying to celebrate to my max, having my beer legally is the biggest celebration for me and it feels so good,” says Amira Hamdy, in Cairo Egypt, June 5, 2016.
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“I just turned 21 yesterday, and Ramadan is just finished, and tomorrow is the Eid. I’m trying to celebrate to my max, having my beer legally is the biggest celebration for me and it feels so good,” says Amira Hamdy, in Cairo Egypt, June 5, 2016.

Young Egyptians laugh as one of their friends drops his beer as they celebrate the reopening of one of the city's few liquor stores at the end of Ramadan, in Cairo, Egypt, June 5, 2016.
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Young Egyptians laugh as one of their friends drops his beer as they celebrate the reopening of one of the city's few liquor stores at the end of Ramadan, in Cairo, Egypt, June 5, 2016.

"My Egyptian friends and clients are back having their beer, and I’m happy to serve them beer, and hear their jokes all the night,” barman Uncle Abdo, 62, says in Cairo, Egypt, June 5, 2016. Ramadan ended on Tuesday.
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"My Egyptian friends and clients are back having their beer, and I’m happy to serve them beer, and hear their jokes all the night,” barman Uncle Abdo, 62, says in Cairo, Egypt, June 5, 2016. Ramadan ended on Tuesday.

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