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Egypt celebrates Annual Holi Festival

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Egyptian young people pose during the color festival in Giza, Egypt, on April 25,2015 Image source: news.xinhuanet.com

Cairo, April 9 : Amid gaiety and cheerful music, hundreds of Egyptians and foreigners celebrated on Friday the annual Holi festival that was sponsored by the Indian embassy in Cairo.

The playing field of Cairo Sporting Club was decorated with vibrant rainbow colours when people splashed colours on each other, celebrating the Egyptian version of Holi, Xinhua reported.

“I came with my friends to enjoy the festival of colours. I am a fan of the Indian culture and this event is really joyful,” said Noha Hassan, a college student from Cairo, as brilliant colours covered her face and clothes.

Hassan, who was dressed in an orange and brown traditional Sari garment, said colours can change the mood of people as the bright ones fill the atmosphere with positive energies.

“Colours symbolise nature … our life and the conditions in Egypt have been a bit gloomy recently, such events can give us hope and stamina,” Hassan added as they reacted to the beats of the Indian music played during the event.

In recent years the festival has spread to Europe, North America and the Middle East as a spring celebration of love and frolic.

Most of the attendees here were young Egyptians with quite a good number of foreigners, mainly Indians.

“The event is very outstanding and it is really nice… I love the smiles on the faces of the people who came to celebrate the festival,” an Indian businessman who lives in Cairo said.

He hoped that more such events would be held in Egypt and help promote tourism which has been suffering in recent years due to the unstable political and security conditions in the Middle Eastern country. (IANS)

 

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Possible Lion Mummy Unearthed in Egypt

Archeologists frequently find mummified cats but the recovery of a lion is rare

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The golden coffin that once held the mummy of Nedjemankh, a priest in the Ptolemaic Period some 2,000 years ago, is displayed at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, in Old Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 1, 2019. VOA

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities says local archeologists have unearthed the mummy of an unusually large animal, most likely a lion or lioness.

The ministry said on Monday the mummy was excavated in Saqqara, a town south of Cairo that was a vast necropolis in antiquity and is home to the famed Step Pyramid.

Archeologists frequently find mummified cats but the recovery of a lion is rare. In 2004, the first lion skeleton was found, revealing the sacred status of the animal during ancient times.

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The ministry said on Monday the mummy was excavated in Saqqara, a town south of Cairo that was a vast necropolis in antiquity and is home to the famed Step Pyramid. Pixabay

The ministry says it will expand on the discovery at a press conference after running radar scans.

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Egypt has stepped up promotion of its archeological treasures in hopes of reviving a tourism sector slow to recover from the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. (VOA)