Russian children learn to make Ramadan lanterns

Reham El-Adawi , Saturday 9 Apr 2022

An art workshop by artist Ahmed Ghoeiba this week showed Russian children how to make Ramadan lanterns, sharing with them a popular element of Egypt’s cultural heritage and one of the most famous symbols of the holy month.

Ramadan lantern
A Russian girl learning how to make Ramadan lantern (photo credit of the Russian Cultural Centre)

The Egyptian Association of Graduates of Russian and Soviet Universities organised an art workshop on how to make a Ramadan “fanous” – or lantern – under the supervision of the artist Ahmed Ghoeiba with the participation of Russian and Egyptian children, at the headquarters of the Russian Cultural Centre in Dokki.

For his part, Sherif Gad, president of the association, noted that this artistic workshop is the first activity of the association in the holy month of Ramadan and the first cooperation with the artist Ahmed Ghoeiba.

"The choice of making Ramadan lantern specifically is because it is considered a popular cultural heritage and one of the most famous symbols of the holy month, which brings joy and pleasure to everyone especially children."

Gad added that gathering Egyptian and Russian children reflects the importance of human communication and the integration of cultures. Gad thanked Director of the Russian Cultural Centres in Egypt Marat Gatin for hosting the activity inside the Russian House.

Fathy Toghan, secretary-general of the association, said that the workshop comes within the framework of the community activities offered by the association and the Russian House in Cairo, and stressed that the children had a lot of fun assembling the lantern themselves and learning the story of its appearance and how to create it.

Artist Ghoeiba expressed that the aim of the workshop was to help children to enjoy assembling the lantern and then keep it as a souvenir to always remind them of Ramadan, the month of fasting.

On the sidelines of the workshop, a documentary film was screened in Arabic and Russian about the history of the Ramadan lantern, the reason it looks the way it does, its manufacture and stages of development.

In addition, cartoonist Mohsen Moukhtar participated in the workshop and drew all Russian and Egyptian children, who were thrilled and overjoyed.

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