Flooding of the Nile in Egypt Date in the current year: August 15, 2016

Flooding of the Nile in Egypt The flooding of the Nile used to be an important natural cycle in Egypt. It was even celebrated as a two-week holiday known as Wafaa El-Nil. When the High Dam at Aswan was completed in 1970, the flooding cycle came to an end, but the celebration of Wafaa El-Nil is still held, mainly to entertain tourists.

The Nile River played a crucial role in the development of Egyptian civilization, being the only source of water in the region. It would flood every year during the Akhet season, which fell between mid-July and mid-November in the Gregorian calendar. It brought in slit-rich waters that fertilized the soil and ensured good crops.

Ancient Egyptians believed that the Nile flooded because the goddess Isis shed the tears of sorrow for Osiris, her dead husband. According to legend, Osiris was killed by his brother Seth, who tore his body into pieces. Isis gathered the pieces to bury her husband properly. The gods were so impressed with her devotion that they resurrected Osiris. Egyptians associated Osiris' death and resurrection with the annual flooding and retreating of the Nile.

Although the High Dam prevents the Nile from flooding, Wafaa El-Nil is still celebrated in August. It is marked with colorful processions, performances, flower parades and aqua sports.Remind me with Google Calendar


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