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04:00 GMT +3 hours18 December 2014
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Egypt celebrates the arrival of spring

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© RIA Novosti. Nadim Zuaui
A smoked herring dish, ringa, is the centerpiece of a traditional table set to celebrate Egypt’s spring festival, known locally as Sham el Naseem.

Like their ancient ancestors, modern-day Egyptians regard the spring onion as a were a magical cure-all.