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Egyptian Artist Paints Murals on Houses to Celebrate Hajj

Egyptian Artist Paints Murals on Houses to Celebrate Hajj

Wednesday, 7 August, 2019 - 18:00
The artist Eid Al Salwaawi paints murals about the holy Kaaba and the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, in Cairo, Egypt, July 17, 2019. (Reuters)
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Eid Al Salwaawi, 69, paints murals of the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage on the walls of a house in Cairo’s Sayeda Zainab neighborhood.

Sometimes he volunteers to paint scenes that celebrate the Hajj and religious stories and lessons, other times he is paid, reported Reuters Wednesday.

Every year, Muslims travel from around the world to the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia to complete the Hajj, one of the five pillars of their faith. This year’s Hajj begins on Friday.

Salwaawi said the Hajj scenes he saw on the walls of houses in his home village as a child in northern Aswan captured his imagination.

“So I draw camel caravans and soldiers wearing traditional hats guarding them,” he said.

He uses simple tools like a handmade palm frond brush and a mixture of paint, vinegar, rosewater, gum Arabic and glue.

One mural depicts women as they embark on the pilgrimage, dressed in bright colors, another shows a caravan carrying the tapestry that covers the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam. He adorns his works with prayers and Quranic verses.

Each mural takes him between two and three hours.

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