CAIRO - 19 April 2020: Within the celebrations of the World Heritage Day, Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities lit the Pyramids of Giza with the slogans launched by International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS ) which are Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility.
The ministry was keen to launch this event from the Giza Pyramids area, as it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Egypt's minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and Egypt's minister of information Osama Heikal participated in the event.
Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities organised a lot of events to celebrate the World Heritage Day.
Egypt's minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany took us in a tour inside the awe-inspiring tomb of Wahti in Saqqara.
Uncovered in 2018, Wahati tomb is considered one of the most important discoveries of the decade.
The tomb belonged to a Fifth Dynasty High-Priest of ‘Purification’, making it an especially apt and timely reminder that cleansing and protecting that which we hold dear is an innate human desire that stretches back through millennia.
World Heritage Day falls on April 18 every year. It is tailor made to increase awareness about the vitality of cultural heritage and find ways to protect and preserve our heritage.
In 1982 the International Council of Monuments and Sites suggested celebrating heritage on April 18, and it was approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983.
Also in celebration of World Heritage Day, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities launched a drawing competition for children aged 6-12.
The children are supposed to Chose one of the seven World Heritage Sites found in Egypt, draw a picture of it and write a short essay to describe it. Each kid will send a photo of his/her drawing,essay and personal data on this email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ministry will organise an online gallery for the drawings and chose three winners. The last day to submit the drawings is 15 May 2020.