The 3 Key Dates to Visit Luxor, Egypt
With so many temples, museums and other attractions to see in Luxor, it can often become daunting trying to decide where to start!
While the Luxor Temple, Mummification Museum, Valley of the Kings & Queens and much more are all worth a visit – my recommendation is to sightsee during three key times of the year! The historic attractions and museums will always be here for you to enjoy, so why not participate in a few extra special events, too?
Here are the three dates that are celebrated each year when I highly recommend a visit!
- The 4th of November
Every year, the 4th is celebrated as a national day of Luxor City. This is when King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered 94 years ago! Each year, the people of Luxor and visitors celebrate in the streets, and for the first time in 2015, the Luxor Governorate arranged a festival on the West Bank at Hatshepsut Temple. The Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa also hosts a BBQ party on the Nile edge with entertainment and activities.
- The Winter Solstice on 21st of December
One of the wonders of our historic city is the annual experience of the Winter Solstice. During the solstice, the sun passes over the city, illuminating treasures of Luxor and its rich, ancient history. On the 21st every year, the sun rises perfectly between the portals of the great gate at Karnak Temple to light the sanctuary of Amun-Ra. Tantalisingly, and simultaneously, the sun also strikes the obelisk and inner chamber at the ‘Holy of Holies’ temple of Deir el-Bahri, the burial place of Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egyptian’s most famous Pharaonic rulers.
- The Summer Solstice on 21st of June
In case you miss the Winter Solstice, you’ll have a chance to catch the same awe-inspiring phenomenon (the Summer Solstice) in June! The solstice is so revered in Luxor because of how clearly it demonstrates the advanced thinking and technology of ancient Egyptians. The solstice best shows ancient Egyptian’s understanding of astrological science and of the importance of the movement of the earth around the sun.
Keeping in mind that these are large celebrations for the entire city, be sure to plan extra time accordingly. These extra special events make a trip to Luxor a vacation you will always remember!
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