WhatsApp YourEgyptTours
WhatsApp

Opet Festival - Unique Egypt Bolg

One of Egypt’s most important religious events, the festival of Opet celebrated the journey of Amun from Karnak to Luxor temple and the symbolic sexual union of Amun and the king’s mother, so that she could give birth to the king’s royal ka. The festival of Opet took place in the second month of the season of A3H’)—the three weeks in summer when the Nile flood reached it crest. The cult statues of Amun and his wife and son, Mut and Khonso, and statues of the king and his ka were carried with great ceremony along an avenue of sphinxes from Karnak Temple to Luxor temple. A distance of about three miles separates the two temples. Along the avenue of sphinxes were several resting spots called “barque stations” or kiosks, so priests carrying the ceremonial boat with the shrine and cult statue could stop and rest. It was here that the people who lined the processional way could approach the statue of Amun, which remained hidden inside the shrine unless a breeze blew aside the curtain. When the procession reached Luxor Temple, it was greeted with a joyous reception by various groups of dancers, singers, and musicians. The birth house had been prepared as a place for the king to rest and experience a symbolic rebirth and rejuvenation and where the royal ka magically entered his body. His emergence from the birth house signaled the renewal of royal authority and affirmed the divine nature of the king. We have a great deal of information about the Opet Festival because the Eighteenth Dynasty king Amenhotep III (1390–1352 B.C.) commissioned the Colonnade Hall at Luxor Temple, and his grandson Tut Ankh Amun decorated the walls with scenes from the Opet Festival. The scenes carved on the west wall show the procession from Karnak to Luxor, and the scenes on the east wall show the procession sailing downstream on return to Karnak.

 

 

Opet Festival

POPULAR QUESTIONS

The atmosphere in Egypt is great all year round, but the best time to make a tour in Egypt and enjoy it, is from October to April, you can enjoy Christmas tours in Egypt or New Year's Tours. And spring festivals ( Easter ).

After the danger of the Coronavirus, Egypt is one of the security countries you can visit, the situation is very stable now in Egypt, tourists enjoy tours in Egypt, with safe movement and security by the police in every region of Egypt and all tourist places in particular. Securing tourists in Egypt is the most important priority of the Egyptian government.

If you are looking for Egypt tours, best things to do in Egypt and best Egypt tour itinerary, Cairo and Luxor Aswan Nile cruise must be your first priority, visit the pyramids of Giza, enjoy Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan and enjoy visiting the most important tourist attractions in Luxor and Aswan, you can visit the city of Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheikh Red Sea for relaxation and enjoy a lot of activities there.

Egypt has many tourist attractions that you can visit and enjoy a tour of Egypt different and unique, from the most famous tourist attractions in Egypt: The Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum, Pyramids of Saqqara, Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor temple, and many landmarks located in each city of Egypt.

If you are looking for great tours of Egypt and perfect vacation, 5 to 8 days is perfect for a great vacation in Egypt, and you must visit Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza and enjoy the Egypt Nile cruise tour between Luxor and Aswan.

There are many Egypt Nile cruise, we recommend you choose a 5-star luxury Nile cruise, and if you are looking for private Nile River cruise you can choose Dahabiya cruises, it is only for the small-group tour, about 15 people.