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Up to 3,000 tourists witness the Illumination of Ramses II statue at Abu Simbel, 2012

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Up to 3,000 tourists witnessed on Wednesday 22/2/2012 the celebration of the more than 3000-year phenomena of the sun falling perpendicular on the face of King Ramses II statue at the city of Abu Simbel, in southern Egypt.

The perpendicularity of the Sun’s rays penetrating the Great Temple to the inner sanctum to illuminate the face of King Ramses II, started at 06:22 am and ended in 06:53 am (local time) inside the sanctuary at the great city of Abu Simbel.

It is believed that the axis of the temple was positioned by the ancient Egyptian architects in such a way that on October 22 and February 22 (61 days before and 61 days after the Winter Solstice) the sun rays illuminate the sculpture on the back wall, except for the statue of Ptah, the god connected with the underworld, who always remained in the dark.

Abu Simble Temple

The Sun’s rays reach 60 meters into the sacred inner sanctuary of the temple to illuminate the face of the statue, announcing the start of the planting season for the ancient Egyptian. For 29 minutes the sun shines on the holy statues of Ramses II, Amon Ra (the sun god), and Ra-Harakhty, god of the rising sun.

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Spanish and Egyptian, Break-dancing and graffiti night

Thursday night, in the stark warehouse space of the Townhouse Gallery, a small crowd of young men and women stood

around drinking soda and smoking cigarettes. Many wore track jackets and over-sized baseball caps, baggy clothes and

Adidas shoes. Some posed to have their pictures taken in front of graffiti adorning the walls, folding their arms, leaning back, and letting the brims of their hats cover their eyes.

This was the first night of the fourth annual Urban Culture Gathering, sponsored by a long list of institutions, including the Spanish Embassy in Cairo-Egypt, the Egyptian Sector of Foreign Cultural Relations, and the Townhouse Gallery.

Over the course of three nights, several events took place to display how “Spanish and Egyptian youth speak the same cultural language,” including “hip-hop, rap, graffiti, b-boying, free-styling, and parkour.”

For the first night, two Spanish graffiti artists had spent the day covering the bare walls of the constantly reinvented

Townhouse. DEN, from Bilbao, and ZETA, from Madrid, had collaborated to the point that their two individual styles blended seamlessly together.

On one wall, a young boy, his hair highlighted with turquoise, looks sideways at the Ottoman-style domes and minarets of the Mohamed Ali mosque. Across the room, a pair of hands held a pair of ritualistic Pharaonic staves. Below the hands, an intricately detailed scarab sprouted huge, multi-colored wings.

Much of the imagery was Pharaonic and Islamic, signaling a desire among the artists to tailor their work to the cultural exchange represented by the festival. Surprisingly, though, none of the art referenced the revolution in January. In Cairo, graffiti, a form of painting that has historically been overtly political, has been totally subsumed by the themes of the revolution, and so here the absence of those themes — of tanks, Tahrir and crowds — was striking.

After a few minutes of standing around looking at the graffiti, a few dancers showed each other their moves tentatively. The music slowly grew louder and louder until it took over the room, and the dancers grew in number and seriousness.

Eventually they cleared away to make room for two young Spanish women, who launched into an impressive, quick hip-hop dance routine. After a minute or so, a third woman, in spray painted stockings, replaced them, whipping her body
Hip-hop, generally speaking, is a minor presence in Cairo, so one wouldn’t expect break-dancing to have taken off, but somehow it has. Developed in the 1970s in African American and Latino neighborhoods of New York City, break-dancing (also known as b-boying) became famous throughout urban areas in the US in the 1980s. One famous break-dancer, known as Crazy Legs, called the dance “a true American art form.” around violently in circles.

Everyone watching the first few dancers cheered, and everyone else in the room jogged over to gather around the dancing area. A succession of 30-second solo dances proceeded in rapid fire. An Egyptian young man in a striped sweater vest glided through a hip-hop rendition of the “robot.” Another burst into the center, splaying his legs and spinning in stunningly fast circles, making way for another dancer who walked on his hands. The final dancer virtuosically held a soccer ball between his foot and calf as he spun his body in quick, acrobatic circles.

The crowd of Spaniards and Egyptians watched, mesmerized. A form of dance developed in New York City in the 1970s was bringing together two groups of young men and women across the Mediterranean.

Reference: Daily News Egypt

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1,200 tourists gather to watch the sun light in Abu Simbel temple

Coming from different countries, 1,200 tourists were able to see the sun illuminate the inner sanctuary of the Abu Simbel temple Saturday, amidst an expansion of facilities used by tourists to the southern Egyptian archaeological site.

Archaeologist Ahmed Saleh, the Director General of Abu Simbel, said that the sun’s passage started promptly at 5:42 am, and lasted for 22 minutes. The illumination announced the beginning of the harvest season for the ancient Egyptians.

Saleh said the phenomenon has nothing to do with what is rumored about the Pharaoh’s birth or his coronation. The phenomenon is repeated twice each year, on Feb. 22 and Oct. 22.

Ahmed Saleh stressed the necessity of promoting this phenomenon all over the over by broadcasting the phenomenon on international channels.

Asad Abdul Majeed, the director of Abu Simbel, said that the city had prepared to receive the tourists. It undertook landscaping and an upgrade in lighting and waste disposal.

The first stage of an expansion of the 125 km (78 mile) Aswan-Abu Simbel road was completed, costing 125 million EGP (U.S. $21 million). The road was doubled in width, and added signage, stations, and car parks.

Work on the international airport of Abu Simbel also continued, with the addition of a car park. This is parallel effort with the creation of a parking area by the Abu Simbel Temple.

Most tourists come to Abu Simbel from Aswan, although some fly to the site or arrived on cruises and floating hotels.

Reference: youm7

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Cultural Palaces to Organize Olive Tourist Festival

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Egyptian General Authority for Cultural Palaces (GACP) will hold the first Olive Tourist Festival, which aims to change societal behavior positively and merge many cultures.

The head of the authority’s central administration for technical affairs and the festival organizer, Mahmoud Refaat, said this festival would be held in cooperation with South Sinai governorate and GACP to activate tourism.

“The festival is called Olive Festival because it coincides with olive season in Arish,” said Refaat.

The authority will participate in the festival by presenting artificial shows for folk bands and scientific seminars. The festival will last for three days, from Oct. 21-23.

 

Reference: youm7

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