Sun Festival in Aswan!
Sun rises on face of Ramses II statue at Abu Simbel Great Temple. The Holy of Holies, depicts four statues sitting: Ptah, Amun, Ramesses II and Ra, Abu Simbel, Egypt.
During the construction of Abu Simbel Temple, his majesty Ramses II wanted its internal chamber to light up twice a year – the first time on 22 February, on the anniversary to his ascension to the throne and the second time on his birthday on 22 October.
Every year, the temple faces east, and at the solstices – twice a year – the dawn sunlight is aligned to light the entire length of the temple entrance corridor (some 200 feet inside),
Early in the morning of the twenty-second of February the sun rays passes through the entrance of Abu Simbel temple and travel inside for Sixty-five meters until it reach the room called the “holy of holies”. And in the hour, five past fifty-three minutes in the twenty-second of October, a sun ray sneaks to fall over through narrow opening to the east the face of King Ramses inside his room in the Holy of Holies, where light up three statues, the Statue Re-Hor, and the statue of King Ramses II, and the statue of Amun-Re, The fourth of Ptah statue remains in the dark, and that phenomenon lasts Almost for twenty minutes. The sun coincides in February with the beginning of the harvest season, while in October coincides with the beginning of the planting season.