Festivals in Ancient and New Egypt

Egypt is predominantly Muslim, but a large minority of Coptic Christians and a melange of other religions make the country an exciting destination for religious, secular and ancient cultural festivals. For many of these celebrations, people pour out into the streets wearing traditional costumes to enjoy impromptu song and dance performances and eat traditional foods.

Read more on: http://traveltips.usatoday.com/egypt-culture-festivals-9903.html

From extant data we can reconstruct a cultic calendar for the major deities of Egypt, such as Amun at ThebesHathor of DenderaHorus 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 calendars were also copied and kept in the scrolls of the temple archives. From these, we can often determine whether a feast took place within the civil calendar or according to the moon.

Read more: http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/festival.htm#ixzz2znuNBDRR



Turin’s Egyptian museum

The Egyptian Museum of Turin is leading an amazing project of renovation, the completion of which will be in the early months of 2015. Despite the ongoing works, the museum is always open. Since August 2013 there is also a new exhibition project entitled “IMMORTAL, the Art and Knowledge of the ancient Egyptians”.

This museum houses the world’s second largest (first is Cairo) collection of Egyptian artifacts.

To learn more: http://www.museoegizio.it/pages/hp_en.jsp

Image from: http://www.dearitaly.com/places-to-visit-in-italy/egyptian-museum-turin/>

Egyptian animal mummies

Ancient Egyptians really loved their dogs and cats – not to mention their snakes, crocodiles and birds.

Animals held such a prominent place in ancient Egyptian society that tens of millions were mummified, some going into the pharaohs’ tombs to rest eternally in the company of their kings. Others had their own special cemeteries, where they were buried in coffins as elaborately carved as those of royal family members.

To read more: http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/9887046/Egypts-animal-mummies