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History of Egypt...

 

WOMEN'S CLOTHING AND FASHION IN ANCIENT EGYPT

ARTISTIC CONVENTION

Every artist must follow a particular set of conventions in order to transfer three dimensional reality to a two dimensional painting. To reverse the process and see the reality that inspired a particular painting we must use the same conventions the artist used.

Many artists today, for example, want to show what something looks like to a person standing in a particular place. The artist uses relative size and shadow in order to show the required perspective. The Ancient Egyptian was less interested in how something appeared to a particular viewer and more interested in what the object actually looked like. To that end he chose different view points for each part of the body.

The face, hip, legs and feet are usually shown in profile while both shoulders face the viewer. Paintings of women often show one breast in profile. It is clearly impossible for anyone to stand this way, but it was believed that this was the best method for solving the problems that arise in going from three dimensions to two.
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Egypt to start building satellite to control air traffic: official

Egypt will start to manufacture an Egyptian satellite to control air traffic in a few weeks, a senior Egyptian official said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Civil Aviation Minister Ahmed Shafiq said the satellite will be put into operation in 2010, adding that it is a pressing demand for Egypt to launch a satellite to serve the growing number of flights in Egyptian airports.

The number of airport passengers annually increase by 6 percent in Egypt, higher than the current world rates, Shafiq said.

Although the construction of the third passenger terminal of Cairo International airport is now almost finished and the terminal is expected to be open next year, the ministry is planning to build a fourth one, according to Shafiq.


Cairo book fair sets religious tone

Organisers of the Cairo Book Fair, the largest book exhibition of its kind in the Arab world, have said they expect some two million visitors on the fair's last day on Sunday.

Religious works have dominated the 39th annual Cairo Book Fair while literature and scientific texts have taken a back seat.

Millions of Cairenes have been thronging to the fair giving it an air of carnival on the vast exhibition grounds covering 80,000 square meters in northern Cairo with some 1,400 stands of books and CDs.

The fair easily dwarfs similar events held in Beirut, Abu Dhabi and Casablanca.

"It is a representation of the conservatism in society," said Adel Abdel Moneim, an Arabic language and literature lecturer, who has been coming to the fair for years, referring to the vast numbers of inexpensive religious books on offer.

"Still for someone who likes to read or follow new publications, the book fair every year is a golden chance," he said.
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International Egyptian Marathon

16 Feb 2007 (annual)

Attracting around 2000 long-distance runners from more than 36 countries, the International Egyptian Marathon is the only official event of its kind in the country. It takes place annually in the city of Luxor, run along the famous ancient monuments of the West Bank and through the sugar cane fields of the local farmers.
In addition to the main marathon, the event features the Luxor Run (22km), Ramses Run & Walk (12km) and races for inline skaters and wheelchair users. Children can also test their physical abilities and competitiveness with the 5km Kids' Run.

LOCATION
Luxor, Egypt

For more information and the official application form, please visit the marathon website :

www.egyptianmarathon.com


Egypt's 2nd International Yoga Festival

9:00 AM Mar 24 – 20:05 PM Mar 31 2007

Last year, this event made history as the first international Yoga Festival ever held in the Middle East. Enjoy rejuvenating yoga practice coupled with fascinating and insightful lectures and discussions. Presenters include the venerable Buddhist Monk Tenzin Yignyen, Dr. Yogita Mehta, Jonathan Panks, Anthony Sadasiva, and more. Don't miss this historic opportunity to venture into mystical Egypt and refresh your mind and body.

LOCATION
Taba Heights, Egypt

For more information, please visit :

 www.egyptyogafestival.com

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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Parents & Kids...

Easy Homemade Valentines
Card

These cute little Valentines are much easier than they look! Whether you use construction paper or card stock, the results will be charming and your child will be very proud. A perfect gift for teachers, the babysitter, or even a best friend.

What You Need:

  • 8.5 x 11 construction paper or card stock in various colors and/or patterns
  • Valentine and/or heart stickers
  • scissors
  • pinking shears (optional)
  • glue stick or white craft or school glue
  • glitter (pink, red, white)

How to Make it:

  1. Begin by cutting a piece of construction paper or card stock into four equal pieces.
  2. Fold quartered paper in half to make a card.
  3. For the easiest version, appropriate for preschoolers, use stickers to decorate or cut out hearts from a different color of construction paper or card stock to glue onto your cards. Experiment with different patterns, florals look great contrasted with stripes on a solid background.
  4. Younger children love glitter! Use a bottle of glue to “draw” on a heart or phrase (such as “Be Mine”). Sprinkle glue generously with pink, red or white glitter and let dry over night. Tap off excess glitter when completely dry.
  5. For the older set, let them use pinking sheers to cut out heart shapes and glue onto cards. Again, use contrasting patterns and colors to create a charming design.
  6. Once glue is dry, cards may curl up a little. Place cards between the pages of a heavy cookbook or phone book and leave over night.


 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Recipe

 

Heart Shaped Chocolate & Cherries & Cream CakeCake


Preparation Time:
20 min
Cooking Time:
25 min
Serves:
12

Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened no substitutions
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa, plus
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (Substitutions: 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice + low-fat or fat-free milk to make 1 cup & let stand for 10 minutes = 1 cup low fat or fat-free buttermilk)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Filling
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling, divided

Preparation:

  1. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one.
  3. Beat in vanilla.
  4. Combine the flour, cocoa and baking soda.
  5. Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.
  6. Then beat in water and oil until smooth.
  7. Pour into two greased and floured 9 inch heart shaped baking pans.
  8. You can also line the pans with parchment paper and grease and flour that as well.
  9. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until cake tester inserted near center of cakes comes out clean.
  10. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  11. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.
  12. Beat in cream and extract.
  13. Place one cake on serving dish; spread with half of cream cheese mixture.
  14. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  15. Top with 1 cup pie filling and second cake; spread with remaining cream cheese mixture.
  16. Make a heart shape indentation in center of cake (can use a knife to trace a heart shape); fill with remaining pie filling.
  17. Refrigerate until serving.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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Valentine's Day...

 
St. Valentine's Story

Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn't like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn't the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.

Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people thought his new law was cruel. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn't going to support that law!

Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favourite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies -- secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.

One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death.

I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love.

One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, "Love from your Valentine."

I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine's Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, people remember. But most importantly, they think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh -- because they know that love can't be beaten!

 



Different symbols associated with love and Valentine's Day


Heart

It was formerly believed that the heart was the seat of all human emotions. Accordingly, the gifting of a heart signified the selfless act of giving everything to someone you love. Though the ancients were not aware that the heart was responsible for pumping blood though the circulatory system, yet they knew one thing for sure that the heart was the center of all feelings. This ancient belief has lingered on through the ages.

Ribbons, Laces and Frills

Ribbons and laces have been associated with love and romance since the days when a knight used to ride into a battle sporting the scarf or handkerchief presented to him by his ladylove. In the bygone times, laces were used making women's handkerchiefs. It was also usual for a lady to drop her handkerchief in the path of the man whose attention she wished to draw.

Cupid

The love and attraction that a man and a lady feels for one another is traditionally ascribed to the mythological god,Cupid.In Latin, the word Cupid means "desire." Cupid is represented as a naked, chubby boy with wings and possessing a mischievous smile. He carries a bow with a quiver of arrows which he uses to transfix the hearts of youths and maidens.

The Rose

From time immemorial, beloveds have been compared to roses. If we juggle the letters of the word ROSE we get EROS, who is the God of Love. Rose has thus been the traditional choice of lovers around the world. The colour red is associated with strong emotions and below are listed sentiments expressed by different hues of rose:-

Lavender -- Enchantment and Uniqueness
Orange -- Fascination
Pink (Dark) -- Thankfulness, Friendship and Admiration
Red -- Love, Respect and Courage
Peach -- Modesty, Gratitude, Admiration and Sympathy
Pink (Pale) -- Grace, Joy and Happiness
Deep Red -- Beauty and Passion
White -- Innocence, Purity, Secrecy, Silence, Reverence, Humility and (according to some sources) True Love
Yellow -- Joy, Friendship, Jealousy, Hope and Freedom
Black -- Farewell
Red/White -- Unity or Engagement

Yellow/Orange -- Passionate Thoughts
Peach -- Modesty, Gratitude, Admiration and Sympathy
Pink (Pale) -- Grace, Joy and Happiness
Yellow/Red -- Congratulations
Rosebud -- Beauty, Youth and a Heart Innocent of Love
Red Rosebud -- Purity and Loveliness
White Rosebud -- Girlhood
One Dozen Red Roses -- "I Love You"
Single Red Rose in Full Bloom -- "I Love You"
Tea Roses -- "I'll Remember Always"

Hands

The hands of a lady has been a favorite decoration for Valentine's Day for many years and is suppose to depict "femininity". To add to its beauty, the hand is often decorated with frilly cuff and a jeweled ring on the third finger. A lady's hands was a favorite decoration that depicted "femininity." Its beauty was enhanced by adding a frilly cuff and a jeweled ring on the third finger. Clasped hands are said to represent those of Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert...the symbol of friendship between their respective countries of England and Germany.

Doves and Love Birds

It was the popular belief that birds chose their mate for the year on February 14.Since doves and pigeons mate for life ,they symbolize loyalty, fidelity and love. Lovebirds, the small birds with colorful plumage, commonly found in Africa, are so called because they tend to get cozy with each other and can't survive without each other. pairs. Doves...common urban birds, shy and gentle by nature, with a distinctive "cooing" call...symbolize loyalty, fidelity and love .

Puzzik

Puzzik is a quaint sort of homemade valentine which was a sort of puzzle that the receiver had to solve. Not only did she have to decipher the message but also to figure how to refold the paper once it was opened. The order of the verses was usually numbered, and the recipient had to twist the folds to determine what was being said.

Love knots

They are made of ribbons and are traditional symbols of interminable and everlasting love.

 

 

 

 

 

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