Currency Guide - Abu Simbel Sun Festival

One of the most spectacular events in Egypt, the Abu Simbel Festival.

Abu Simbel Sun Festival

The Abu Simbel Festival celebrates the precision of which Ramses II designed the largest temple so that the sun’s rays light up the inner sanctum of the temple on the anniversary of his birthday and the day he took the throne. It happens just twice a year in February and October.

Every year on the Sun Festival, crowds gather before sunrise to observe the stream of light gradually sneaking through the stone and enlightening the statuettes of Ramses, Ra and Amun in the central chamber. Only the statue of Ptah – the god of darkness – remains in the shade even on these two special days of the year!

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