Egypt is famous for housing countless temples that date thousands of years back but in the south of the county in the enchanting city of Aswan lays the miraculous Temples of Abu Simbel. One of the temples is dedicated to the great king Ramses and the second is for his beloved wife Queen Nefertari. Here is everything you need to know about the Abu Simbel Sun festival:
Abu Simbel Sun Festival
- 1. History of Abu Simbel
- 2. What is Abu Simbel Sun Festival?
- 3. What Makes Abu Simbel Sun Festival A Special?
History of Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel was constructed by an order from Ramses II between 1290 and 1224 BC to immortalize his legacy for many future generations to come. The temple has a massive statue of Ramses reaching the height of 108 Ft at the entrance that struck your soul with a light beam of greatness and excitement and inside it, the great grand hall and deep in the temple lay the magical hypostyle hall containing the central chamber.
Also, the Abu Simbel Sun festival has a great role in the fame of this temple. The temple acts as a divine miracle during ancient times and continues to play this role as a modern marvel and an absolute sensation.
What is Abu Simbel Sun Festival?
The temple stays in utter darkness all year long except for two specific days as on the 22 of February & October of each year which Abu Simbel sun festival date. The sun festival happens when the sun rays illuminate the central chamber with its hunting architecture and the light is perfectly cast on the four seated statues of Ramses II, Ptah “God of Creation“, Amun “The God of Gods”, and Ra “Sun God“. This solar phenomenon was created to celebrate February 22, the anniversary of Ramses II ascension on the throne and October 22, his birthday.
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What Makes Abu Simbel Sun Festival A Special?
Abu Simbel Sun festival has been going on for the last 3.200 years and this phenomenon remained part of the temple even after it was relocated to a new location when the construction of the Aswan High dam threatened the Abu Simbel to completely submerged in the 1960s but with the help of the UNESCO, it was saved using a genius plan in one of the history’s greatest archaeological engineering challenge. Abu Simbel Temple relocation was successful in preserving this astronomical solar phenomenon. The temple is still able to attract people’s attention domestically and especially foreigners that travel from the other half of the world to take part in this glorious temple.
Create the Memories of A Lifetime within Abu Simbel Sun Festival
Abu Simbel Sun festival becomes a fun-filled destination with a large crowd surrounding the entire temple with circles of singing, & dancing. The festival is the ancient Egyptian successful attempt to catch the sun with their hands, so don’t miss the chance and book one of our Egypt tour packages or Nile cruises to visit Abu Simbel and many other and landmarks.
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What Should I Wear While Being in Egypt?
You should wear whatever you want. It is advised to wear something light from cotton or linen, comfortable and put on sunblock during your time in Egypt in the summer and wear comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the sandy terrain.
What to Pack for Your Egypt Tour?
You should bring a brimmed hat and sunglasses if you not used to the Egyptian sun &pack everything you could ever need and put in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.
Are All Nile Cruises Available at Any Time?
Yes, it is available all years. as the Nile from Aswan to Luxor takes three to four days of sailing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the total cost of 600$ and the Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan take four to five days in Saturday, Monday and Thursday for the coast of 650$.
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Is it safe to travel to Egypt?
Yes, it is absolutely safe to travel to egypt, You will feel secure in Egypt as the current atmosphere of the country is very peaceful after the government took powerful measures like restructuring the entire tourist police to include all the important and tourist attractions in Egypt and construct an entire environment dedicated for ensuring the lives of all tourists.
What are Egypt's Visa Requirements?
They are very simples, If you want to apply for a Visa On Arrival that lasts for 30 days then you should be one of the eligible countries(check the link), have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and pay 25$ USD entry fee in cash. As for the E-Visa for 30 days, you should have a valid passport for at least 8 months, complete the online application, pay the e-visa fee then print the e-visa to later be presented to the airport border guard. You could be one of the countries eligible for a free visa for 90 days.
What is the Weather is Like?
The temperature of Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c, Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 ¡ÆC in the wintertime to 23 ¡ÆC in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 ¡ÆC in the wintertime to 32 ¡ÆC in the summertime while the temperature is moderate all along the coasts.
What is the Best Time of Visit Egypt?
It is known the best time to travel to Egypt is in the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical, a warm atmosphere with a winter breeze. You will also be notified a week before your trip if the weather is unsafe or if any changes have been made.
Should I Give Tips in Egypt?
It is totally up to you, but if you choose to you can tip the servers at your restaurant 5-10% by handing it to them directly and 5 Egyptian Pounds as a general tip of anyone.
Can I Enter the Pyramids?
Yes, you can enter the pyramids for the small fee of 20$.
How to Enjoy Egypt During Ramadan?
Ramadan is a special time of year for Muslims that should be celebrated by non-Muslims and feel the essence of the Islamic culture. You can fast with the Muslim or just observe but you are always welcome to join the celebrations and festivals.