The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities sponsored an event at the soon-to-be-opened Grand Egyptian Museum to set a new Guinness Record for the largest mosaic created with paper cups of coffee. The previous record for coffee cup mosaics was set in the U.S. state of Hawaii in 2012, when 5,642 cups of coffee were used to replicate singer Elvis Presley's face. That mosaic eclipsed one set in 2009 in Sydney, Australia of the Mona Lisa, using 3,604 coffee cups.
The head of an Egyptian team excavating an area in the Valley of the Monkeys says they have uncovered an industrial area that includes at least 30 buildings that housed workers. Dr. Zahi Hawass says some of the huts consist of two rooms. Most of the huts contained fireplaces inside and outside the rooms. The discovery reveals much about the lives of the workmen, and how the artifacts, decorations, coffins and funerary items were produced. Archaeologists have been working in the area since 2017.
The Muslim Sufi sects of Egypt celebrated the Islamic new year of 1441 in the ancient part of Cairo by the Al-Azhar and Al-Hussain Mosques, Aug. 31, 2019. The Islamic calendar started after the Prophet Mohamed migrated from Mecca to Madina. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar in which any month’s beginning or end is determined by sighting the moon and is only 354 days. The Islamic lunar calendar is used to set the dates for religious events like Ramadan, Eid El-Fitr, and Eid Al-Adha.
Sudanese refugees who fled corruption and human rights abuses during the regime of Sudan's former president Omar al-Bashir face difficulties as they search for asylum and better opportunities in Egypt and Libya. But residents of both of those neighboring countries face their own problems in gaining better health care, education, income and job opportunities, leaving refugees a nearly impossible task.
Christian tradition says that after Jesus was born, his parents fled with him to Egypt to escape death. Eventually they returned to their home in what was then known as the kingdom of Judea, and one of their last stops in Egypt was said to be at a cave in the Dronka mountains. Thousands of devotees of the Virgin Mary travel to the Virgin Mary Monastery near Assiut, Egypt every August to show their devotion to the holy family. Christian children are baptized and adults hope for blessings.