Festivals in Abu Simbel

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Abu Simbel Sun Festival

For most of the year, the inner sanctum of the main temple at Abu Simbel is shrouded in darkness.

On two days, traditionally the anniversary of the birthday and coronation of pharaoh Ramses II, a shaft of sunlight pierces the gloom, illuminating statues of gods and the king in the temple's inner sanctum.

On February 22, a day celebrating the king's birthday and again on October 22, a day celebrating his coronation, sunlight illuminates seated statues of the sun gods Re-Horakhte and Amon-Re, as well as a statue of king Ramses II. The statues sit in the company of the Theban god of darkness, Ptah (who remains in the shadows all year).



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Grand Festivals in Ancient Egypt

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Grand Festivals in Ancient Egypt

There was nothing better than breaking the routine of life with a grandiose festival for the ancient Egyptians. Religious or political, festivals allowed both rich and poor to put away their cares for a day or two, and sometimes longer, to celebrate the best of ancient Egypt.


From extant data we can reconstruct a cultic calendar for the major deities of Egypt, such as Amun at Thebes, Hathor of Dendera, Horus of Edfu and others. Frequently, inscribed on the walls of such temples are detailed lists of feasts, all presented in a systematic manner. Such festival more..

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Sun Festival at Abu Simbel

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Sun Festival at Abu Simbel

Tour Length : 11 Days /10 Nights
Tour Type : Egypt Special Tour Package
Tour Location(s) : Cairo /Aswan/Abu Simbel/Nile Cruise/Luxor/Cairo
Price start from : 1095 EUR

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October / February 18th: Arrival, Cairo Egypt
Arrive in Cairo to discover the contrasts of this ancient city, our representative will meet you at more..

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