By Maydaa Abo El-Nadar
CAIRO, MAR.1 (SEE) – Representations of the following embassies and cultural centers: Hungary, Greece, Palestine, Mexico, Bolivia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Korea, Russia, Vietnam, Nepal, China, Japan, and the US gathered at El Sawy Cultural Wheel, Egypt, to entertain the public with their numerous cultural aspects.
Several literature works were revived at the two-day event that took place on the 27th and the 28th of February. For example, the US’s section was selling translations of the ten best books in the US.
Hungary’s partition on the other side offered for free a book that included 13 short stories for the Hungarian writer Dezső Kosztolányi (1885-1936), translated by Sherifa Kamel. One of the most 20th century’s recognized Hungarian writers was Kosztolányi, a poet and prose-writer who wrote around 300 short stories.
Regarding gastronomy, people enjoyed tasting some delicious Palestinian appetizers. Via a colourful booklet, the Greek partition offered a free tour about the rich Greek gastronomy.
Regarding tourism, Greece, Mexico, and especially Nepal, utilized the event to promote for visiting their countries.
Nepal looks tiny on the map, bearing in mind that its bordering countries are two of the biggest countries of the world, India and China. However, the travel guides offered by Nepal’s partition proved that the country is big inside.
The travel guides were about Nepal’s national parks, Lumbini (the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha known as Buddha), the Pokhara’s paradise, trekking in Nepal, city map of Kathmandu and Patan, and information for travellers.
Surrounded by traditional music from all over the world, the El Sawy Cultural Wheel was full of visitors enjoying and trying traditional Thai clothes with their bright colours and eye-catching designs.
It was a vivid ambience where Greece, Palestine and Indonesia presented their traditional dances. Nonetheless, the scenes that fully attracted the crowd were the ones depicting the Silat.
Silat is a group of indigenous martial arts originated in Southeast Asia and practised in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is also a tradition in parts of the Philippines, southern Thailand, and central Vietnam.