From the land of pyramids, pharaohs, and papyrus, we bring you a look at Egyptian culture past and present. Grab a cup of mint tea, fire up the hookah, crack open a novel by Naguib Mahfouz, play some songs by Abdel Halim Hafez, or put on a movie starring Omar Sharif and join us while we share recipes, music, jokes, videos, and current events from Egypt.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Small World Saturday: Color My World



This blog is about everything Egyptian and although Egypt’s history is long and her culture fascinating, she is but one nation in this world of ours that grows smaller with each day. Every Saturday, we’ll post a theme. Participants will post a picture, story, song, poem, recipe, craft project, piece of art – anything, really – that tells us something about your city/town, state/province, or country for that week's topic. Our hope is that through this weekly meme, we’ll learn more about our countries and cultures.

This week's theme is COLORS, so tell us something about how colors are used or any special meanings they may have in your part of the world.

Next week's theme: PLANTS

Here are the rules:

1. Please keep your posts family friendly.

2. Enter the link to your specific Small World Saturday post ONLY in Mr. Linky, as this makes it easier for us all to find the posts.

3. We reserve the right to remove any links that are not from Small World Saturday participants and are not linked directly to the weekly post.










Today's Scribe:






Ever since the days of the pharaohs, Egypt has been a country filled with color.  I think this is because people needed something to dress up the dreariness of the desert that surrounded them!

Turquoise was a really important color to the ancient Egyptians because it was associated with the goddess Hathor.  My ancestors made all kinds of things in a blue-green color that closely resembled turquoise as a way to honor the "Lady of Turquoise."

Isis and Horus, 304-330 BC

Blue has always been an important color in Egypt thanks to the Nile River. In case you didn't know, there are actually two Nile Rivers, one is Blue and one is White; Egypt happens to be blessed with both!  Considering that the Nile is the life's blood of the country, it kind of makes a whole lot of sense that blue would take on some significance to her people. You will find it everywhere!  But blue isn't the only color with meaning to Eyptians.  Just like in the West, black is the color of mourning and white is the color brides wear.







Entrance of an Egyptian bride and her father



Egypt is a very vibrant country, and these are only some of the colors that make it an interesting and exciting place.

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