2015/10/21

Ancient Egyptian Festivals

The ancient Egyptians loved celebrations. The Egyptians celebrated the festivals main seasons and festivals as celebrated in honor of the reigns of the pharaohs. Egyptian calendar to record birthdays, festivals, celebrations, and holidays. Festivals in ancient Egypt centered on the procession by land and river, and were celebrated the day or series of days in the official year.

Ancient Egyptian Festivals
Ancient Egyptian Festivals

Many of these calendars were inscribed on the walls of many temples. The calendars were also written in scrolls and in the archives of the temple. Festival's Calendars list details some of the celebrations, such as the date and what the celebration is and what it is. The festival calendar also contains excellent references for offerings that were required by people associated with events.


They believed that the order and harmony has been achieved through daily care of the gods, which could be through ritualistic rites daily service to a god in a temple or through a multitude of festivals, celebrated on special days throughout the year. There was also the endowments necessary for the exercise of these festivals.



The ancient Egyptian temple was the center of worship of the local or state god and religious rituals and practices are not public events. High priests, priests of the temple, court officials and sometimes the king participate and have knowledge of temple rituals. Evidence for festivals can be found on the walls of Egyptian temples. 


 Festival schedules or lists of ritual activities were inscribed on the walls and doors of the temples. From the Old Kingdom, the festival calendars also contained explicit references to offers that were required by the deities associated with these events. Especially for large events, the economic support of the king was necessary.

Ancient Egyptian Festivals
Ancient Egyptian Festivals

Ancient Egyptian Festivals
Ancient Egyptian Festivals

Ancient Egyptian Festivals
Ancient Egyptian Festivals

Hieroglyphic inscriptions of the Old Kingdom tomb-chapel elements, especially the architrave, include lists of major festivals focusing on the early, opening late summer floods of year, Thoth festival, first of the year, the festival Wag, Sokar festival, Festival of the great, the flame of the festival procession of Min and sadj festival.


Some holidays are more important than others: New Year's Day, Wag festival, festival Anket, and the Feast of Thuthi. New Year in Egypt was known as WEP-Renpet. The first celebration was the Feast of the New Year. for the ancient Egyptians. New Year's Day was not only the first day of the year, he was also the day rejuvenation and rebirth took place.


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