Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ancient Egyptian Epagomenal Festival: July 18 – 19, 2009

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum will be hosting its annual Egyptian Epagomenal Festival on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19. In ancient Egyptian mythology, the calendar included 360 days plus five additional epagomenal days. These epagomenal days were days “out of time” when the goddesses Isis and Nephthys, and the gods Osiris, Seth and Horus were born. The Egyptians celebrated the birthdays of these gods with a festival each year. Our version of this festival will include a variety of special lectures, tomb tours, workshops and children’s activities held throughout Rosicrucian Park.


Visit our outdoor booths, held all day on Saturday and Sunday! Booths include hands-on activities such as henna and perfume-making, or get your picture taken at our ancient Egyptian “photo booth.” You can even learn to write in hieroglyphs on papyrus paper!



Saturday, July 18 Schedule


11:30 Gallery Talk: The Goddess Nephthys


12:00 Gallery Talk: The Goddess Isis


12:30 Opening of the Mouth Ceremony and Tomb Tour


12:30 Ancient Egyptian Games Workshop


1:30 Gallery Talk: Ancient Egyptian Creation Myths


2:00 Planetarium Show: The Mithraic Mysteries*


2:00 Ancient Egyptian Jewelry Talk and Jewelry-Making Activity*


3:00 Gallery Talk: The God Osiris


3:30 Planetarium Show: The Mithraic Mysteries*


3:30 Gallery Talk: The God Horus


4:00 Gallery Talk: Mummification


4:30 “Weighing of the Smarts” Ancient Egyptian Trivia Contest*



Sunday, July 19 Schedule


11:00 Gallery Talk: The God Horus


11:30 Ancient Egyptian Mummies Workshop


12:00 Gallery Talk: Scribes and the Rosetta Stone


12:30 Artifact Exploration Workshop


1:30 Opening of the Mouth Ceremony and Tomb Tour


2:00 Planetarium Show: The Mithraic Mysteries*


2:30 Gallery Talk: The Goddess Isis


3:00 Gallery Talk: The God Seth


3:30 Planetarium Show: The Mithraic Mysteries*


3:30 Gallery Talk: The God Osiris


4:00 Gallery Talk: The Goddess Nephthys


4:30 “Weighing of the Smarts” Ancient Egyptian Trivia Contest*


5:00 Ancient Egyptian Garden Tour and Planting Activity*



All activities are complimentary with museum admission.



*Space is limited for some activities, and special tickets are handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to secure your ticket!

For more information email us or call 408-947-3635.