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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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Three Tombs Discovered Under Egypt’s Great Pyramids

The tombs, separated by a few meters, are located under the dunes and behind the limestone doors, an indicator of the priests' power since getting this material required "permission by the king himself", Waziri said

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An Egyptian archaeological mission has unearthed three tomb, including one that was shared by two priests over 4,400 years ago, a few kilometres south of the three Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure.

Egypt’s Ministry of State of Antiquities announced the discovery of the tombs belonging to Behnui-Ka and Nwi Who from the fifth dynasty in Giza governorate on Saturday.

“At first we thought we were going to find tombs from the late period, but we found a tomb of the fifth dynasty of Ancient Egypt. We are talking about a 4,400-year-old tomb,” secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and director of the Egyptian Archaeological Mission team Mostafa Waziri told Efe news.

Waziri explained that the mission kicked off its work in August 2018 and discovered the three tombs after digging through more than 450 cubic meters of rubble.

One of those tombs was filled with wooden sarcophagi and well-preserved artefacts of the two priests.

Behnui-Ka had seven titles and was the purifier of Pharaoh Khafre, while Nwi Who had five titles, including the priest of Maat who was responsible for justice, and the goddess of justice and truth, according to Egyptian mythology.

Pyramids satellite view. imagee courtesy: www.marsruins.com

The three tombs were showcased to dozens of journalists after a press conference attended by Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, Khaled al-Enani, at the Giza Plateau.

The tombs, separated by a few meters, are located under the dunes and behind the limestone doors, an indicator of the priests’ power since getting this material required “permission by the king himself”, Waziri said.

The doors give way to corridors, decorated with hieroglyphic engravings and some intact wooden sarcophagi that have maintained their original colours and currently are being restored inside the tomb itself.

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“The sarcophagi are in perfect condition because they were well-painted, well-coloured and well-decorated. We will exhibit them at our Egyptian museums like the ones in Sharm al-Sheikh and Hurghada,” Waziri said after visiting the tomb.

Renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawas, who attended the presentation of the tombs, told Efe news that he was “very happy” because the engravings and the statues could date the tomb back to the 26th Dynasty (664-525 BC), the last one that ruled Egypt before the Persian invasion. (IANS)