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Largest Indian colour festival ‘Holi’ kicks off in Cairo’s Hawamdiya district in Egypt

The festival was also an ideal place for friends who seek to have fun away from the crowds of Cairo, the Middle East's largest and most populous city

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  • Egypt’s largest Indian colour festival Holi kicked off on Friday, introducing fun and joy for lovers of Indian culture in the North African country
  • The festival was also an ideal place for friends who seek to have fun away from the crowds of Cairo, the Middle East’s largest and most populous city
  • The festival was also a great chance for fans of the Indian culture to get a taste of India inside Egypt

August 13, 2016: Egypt’s largest Indian colour festival Holi kicked off on Friday, August 12, introducing fun and joy for lovers of Indian culture in the North African country.

In a vast green playground in Cairo’s Hawamdiya district, hundreds of young people, parents and their children, all wearing white clothes, splashed vibrant bright coloured powders on each other to celebrate the Egyptian version of the Holi, Xinhua reported.

People celebrated Holi woith their friends and family. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
People celebrated Holi woith their friends and family. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

“I like colours; that’s why I came here today with my kids. It is my first experience to attend such an event, but I really enjoy it very much,” Nahla Nabil, who came with her three kids, told Xinhua.

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She said the dance, music and sports activities people are doing during the event can help them get rid of negative energy, which is very important for everyone, especially children.

The festival was also an ideal place for friends who seek to have fun away from the crowds of Cairo, the Middle East’s largest and most populous city.

The festival was also a great chance for fans of the Indian culture to get a taste of India inside Egypt.

Holi festival kicks off in Egypt. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Holi festival kicks off in Egypt. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Eighteen-year-old Yara Mohammed is an addict of Indian culture. The university student read an advertisement about the festival on Facebook.

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“I love India, I love its movies and music, I adore the Indian dancing styles and I really feel I’m in India today,” said Yara. (IANS)

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He is expected to visit Jerusalem's Old City and the grave of Princess Alice of Greece

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Prince William on Sunday began his first official royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories in a five-day tour of the Middle East.

He will arrive in Jordan on Sunday, meeting Jordanian Crown Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah II, reports the BBC.

The Duke of Cambridge is scheduled to meet both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

During his visit to Israel, the Duke of Cambridge will visit the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre and lay a wreath to commemorate those who died during the Second World War.

He is expected to visit Jerusalem’s Old City and the grave of Princess Alice of Greece, his great-grandmother and the Duke of Edinburgh’s mother.

The duke will visit Ramallah in the West Bank, where he will focus on issues facing refugee communities, as well as meeting Abbas.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The historic nature of this tour is of course important and the duke considers it a great privilege to be undertaking the first ever official royal tour of Israel and the Palestinian territories, and to be able to help further strengthen the friendship between Jordan and the UK.”

Prince William with his wife Kate
Prince William with his wife Kate

This is the first official tour of Israel or the Palestinian areas by a member of the Royal Family on behalf of the British government.

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have previously visited Jerusalem, but not as part of an official tour.

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In 2016, the Prince of Wales also visited Tel Aviv for the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres. (IANS)