Five Upcoming Events in Egypt You Won’t Want to Miss
22 Nov 2014 15:00 PM
From the celebration of Christmas on January 6th to the Arabic Music Festival towards the end of the year, the Egyptian calendar is full of holidays and special occasions. Guests are openly welcomed to join in celebrations and encouraged to get involved in cultural activities.
Whenever you decide to visit Egypt, there’s sure to be something interesting going on. If you’re planning a trip within the next couple of months, then you might want to check out some of these local events.
1. Armed Forces Day
Egypt is just one of the many countries that has an official Armed Forces Day, and they see it as a huge day of celebration.
It marks the day in which the October War with Israel began on the 6th of October in 1973, after which a permanent ceasefire was signed with the Jewish state.
Today, if you find yourself in Egypt at this time of the year you’ll witness a host of parades and other celebratory activities across the country. The military itself also organises and takes part in certain events.
Fireworks displays in the evening are extremely popular, particularly in the major cities like Cairo. You can watch them from the streets or, if you want a better view, from your private balcony at Conrad Cairo hotel
2. Abu Simbel Festival
The Abu Simbel temples were built by the ancient Pharaoh Ramses II, and twice a year a festival is held there to celebrate the incredible nature of these structures.
Ramses designed them so that the inner sanctum would be lit up by the rising sun on his birthday (in February) and the date he took to the throne (in October).
However, only the statues of the sun gods Ramses, Ra and Amun are exposed to the light, while the god of darkness Ptah remains in the shadows.
People gather outside the temple to watch this remarkable event, while they entertain themselves with songs, dancing and the eating of various foods on offer at market stalls.
3. Aida at Giza
Although no official date for this year’s event has been announced yet, opera fans are well-advised to make a note of this particular spectacle.
Every October, the Cairo Opera House
stages an extraordinary performance of famed composer Giuseppe Verdi’s best work – Aida – in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza.
A favourite among the locals, the story follows an Egyptian captain, the Pharaoh’s daughter and an Ethiopian slave in what is described as a tragic tale of love.
It is widely considered to be the highlight of the opera calendar and is an occasion all fans aim to see at once in their lifetime. The novelty of experiencing one of the best local pieces of performance art beneath the shadow of the Great Pyramid is something you won’t want to miss.
4. Cairo International Film Festival
Once a year, the Ministry of Culture in Egypt hosts the Cairo International Film Festival
to try and strengthen relationships with movie producers in other nations.
It also gives locals the chance to experience the cultures of these countries through the medium of film, with pictures from all over the world submitted to the festival.
As the only event of its kind in the Arabic world, people from all over the region head to Cairo to indulge themselves in different movies, documentaries and animated features.
Conveniently, it takes place at Kasr el Nil Street in the centre of Cairo – a five minute drive from Ramses Hilton hotel.
Past winners of the various prizes on offer include critically acclaimed artists such as Morgan Freeman, Oliver Stone and Susan Sarandon – so if you consider yourself a film buff and happen to be in Cairo this November (9th – 18th), then this is the event for you.
5. Diving and Fishing Competitions
If you’re more of a sport person, then you might want to think about heading to the city of Sharm el-Sheikh, popular with tourists for its water-based activities.
It is also the location of the International Diving Competition, held every year in October, as experienced divers from all over the world look to take home first prize.
A large audience is usually present at one platform as the participants showcase their skills, highlighting the popularity of diving in the area.
The other sporting event held every year in Sharm is the National Fishing Competition. It is of particular significance because it represents an era when the city was no more than a small fishing village.
Those who consider themselves to be the number one fisherman in all of Egypt are given the chance to prove themselves, as they compete to see who gets the biggest catch.
If you do decide that these are not occasions you want to miss, then you’ll be able to stay locally at one of Hilton’s Sharm resorts
.Have you ever experienced any of these events? Is there something else going on you think people should know about? Let us know in the comments.