Most significant festivals and events in Luxor

 Luxor square, front of the temple

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Luxor is a favorite travel destination spot in Egypt. The city hordes millions of tourist who are going to discover the ancient architectural wanders of this vibrant city, such as the Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple and the Valley of the Kings. The city is also famous for hosting a number of religious festivals and commemorative events. So if you want to get to know more about them, here is a list with the most significant festivals and events hold in Luxor.

Ramadan

It is the best known of celebrations in Egypt; it commemorates the Quran to Mohammed’s revelation. It is hold in the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Because it is a celebration based on the Islamic religion, during the month, faithful Moslems do not eat or drink at all, between sunrises to sunset. Visitors are not expected to observe Ramadan; however it is greatly appreciated if you avoid blatant eating and drinking in public places during Ramadan. At this period, Muslims concentrate more for praying and avoid the appearance on the public places however at the end of the Ramadan there is a great party.

Eid al-Adha

Eid Al Adha Festival

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It is a for day holiday, Muslims celebrating Abrahams willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael to the God. During the festival those families who can afford, sacrifices an animal and its meat is shared between the neighbors, friends and poor people. The festival begins with communal prayer and after that, locals are going to exchange gifts among each other.

Luxor National Day

It is celebrated on the 4th of November to commemorate the discovery of the tomb of the King of the Egyptians, Tutankhamen. The tomb appeals to be the best tourist attraction, millions of visitors are impressed about the pieces of artifacts made of gold and precious stones.

Pharaonic Wedding Festival

It takes place twice a year; it is a festival about the wedding celebrations practiced in ancient Egypt. The festival reminds the visitors, the roots of the Egyptian Pharaonic weddings. During the festival there are forty lucky couples who are going to marry in a traditional Egyptian style, illustrating how ancient Kings and Queens got married. The ceremony has a sophisticated atmosphere with rituals and costumes of the ancient Egypt.

Abu El Haggag Moulid

Celebrated two weeks before the beginning of the commencement of Ramadan, it is a commemoration of the Luxor’s patron sheik of Abu el-Haggag. There is a two days street festival with dance and music shows, stick fights, horse races and others. The main feature of the festival is the alignment of the decorative boats in the streets of Luxor. In Islamic culture boats appear as the quest for spiritual enlightenment.

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