Egyptian show: a day to remember
The 1st cultural day of Egypt or "The mother of our world" as it is called, was held in Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, on May 10. The International Student Office ( ISO) at HZAU and more than 80 participants from Egypt have worked together to express the culture and arts of one of the greatest civilizations. I joined this event as a monitor for the media team, and I was feeling very happy with this co-operative spirit of all my countrymen and friends at the same time. It was very wonderful to see our audience feeling surprised and interested in the same day. This event was divided into two main parts: Historical Exhibition and Cultural Performance.
The Historical Exhibition was 4 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. The Egyptian students presented many awesome activities during this exhibition, such as a pharaonic card where an Egyptian artist was writing the guests' names in three different languages: English, Hierghroglyphics, the Egypt ancient language, and Arabic, the 6th language in the United Nations' languages and is written from right to left. This card was gifted to guests for free. Also, some drinks were offered, such as the Egyptian traditional drink Booza, made from flour, milk, water, sugar and yeast powder; it was very delicious.
The cultural performances started at 7 p.m. This show included many cultural activities such as interesting songs, enjoyable games and gifts, powerful movements and awesome dancing.
Regarding the Egyptian culture, there was a lot of fun in several dances including Tahtib dance. The dancers made synchronized movements with long wooden sticks. This performance completely attracted the audiences' attention and got a big round of applause. "It is so cool that I would like to dance myself," Nomy, a spectator, said. Tahtib dance originated in the south area of Egypt, traditionally performing in wedding celebrations.
After the show, everyone was invited to enjoy Egyptian cuisine in another room prepared as an Egyptian open buffet. More than 300 people from China and other countries enjoyed Egyptian food with many kinds of delicious dishes like Koshary, the most popular Egyptian food made from pasta and rice with a layer of red sauce on top. Really, I miss it; all Egyptians here do.
Egyptian food mainly consists of rice, pasta, bread slices and pieces of meat. Also, some sweets were offered like Basboussa and cookies with dates inside.
At the end of the day, everyone went home in a very good mood to have a good sleep and happy dreams. Egyptian students around Wuhan would be happy to see your participation next year.