Such inter-communal meals are held every year, but they resonated more this year after ISIS attacks on Coptic Christians meant to stoke sectarian divisions.
The raids followed the attack on a bus of Coptic Christians going to a monastery. The Christian population continues to feel the state cannot protect them.
The latest in a series of deadly attacks on Coptic Christians in the recent months has left 26 dead and another 26 wounded.
At least 25 people were killed and 49 wounded, many of them women and children attending Sunday mass, in the deadliest attack on Egypt’s Christian minority in years.