Sun rays falling on statues of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari during the Sun Festival in Abu Simbel, Egypt.
The sun festival occurs at two distinct dates, on 22 October and 22 February, each year. These dates are believed to signify the birthday of the Ramses II and the day he ascended to the throne. On each of these two days, when the sun enters the temple at dawn, the rays illuminate the statues at the back wall only, except for Ptah, the god of the underworld. It is quite a feat that this was achieved in ancient Egypt, considering the technology and knowledge of astronomy that was available.
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