Thursday 25 Nov 2021
Luxor will be in a festive mood tonight as the city hosts a celebration intended to promote it as the world’s greatest open-air museum.
The ceremony will put in the limelight Luxor’s enchanting Theban monuments, the mesmerising Nile, vibrant traditional market, and a host of other attractions.
The ancient Egyptian Opet festival will be resurrected with a modern twist. Dancers in ancient Egyptian costumes will carry barques, which in Pharaonic times contained Luxor’s triad of deities Amun, Mut, and Khonsu, and process along the newly restored Avenue of the Sphinxes. Feluccas will be dramatically lit on the Nile overlooking the Luxor Temple, heavily decorated horse-drawn carriages will promenade along the Corniche, while performances of traditional song and dance are planned across the city.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 25 November, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.