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Egyptian artist paints murals on houses to celebrate haj

Updated : 2019-08-08 11:36:16

Eid Al Salwaawi, 69, paints murals of the rituals of the haj pilgrimage on the walls of a house in Cairo's Sayeda Zainab neighbourhood. Sometimes he volunteers to paint scenes that celebrate the haj and religious stories and lessons, other times he is paid.Every year, Muslims travel from around the world to the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to complete the haj, one of the five pillars of their faith. This year's haj will conclude on Sunday.Salwaawi said the haj scenes he saw on the walls of houses in his home village as a child in northern Aswan captured his imagination. "So I draw camel caravans and soldiers wearing traditional hats guarding them," he said. He uses simple tools like a handmade palm frond brush and a mixture of paint, vinegar, rosewater, gum Arabic and glue.

The artist Eid Al Salwaawi paints murals about the holy Kaaba and the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in Cairo, Egypt. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
The artist Eid Al Salwaawi paints murals about the holy Kaaba and the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in Cairo, Egypt. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
Sometimes he volunteers to paint scenes that celebrate the haj and religious stories and lessons, other times he is paid. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
Sometimes he volunteers to paint scenes that celebrate the haj and religious stories and lessons, other times he is paid. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
Salwaawi said the haj scenes he saw on the walls of houses in his home village as a child in northern Aswan captured his imagination. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
Salwaawi said the haj scenes he saw on the walls of houses in his home village as a child in northern Aswan captured his imagination. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
He uses simple tools like a handmade palm frond brush and a mixture of paint, vinegar, rosewater, gum Arabic and glue. Each mural takes him between two and three hours. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
He uses simple tools like a handmade palm frond brush and a mixture of paint, vinegar, rosewater, gum Arabic and glue. Each mural takes him between two and three hours. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
A group of people perform spiritual recitations as they celebrate the departure of a neighbour who is going to do Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
A group of people perform spiritual recitations as they celebrate the departure of a neighbour who is going to do Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
Men and women sit in front of murals painted by the artist Eid Al Salwaawi. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
Men and women sit in front of murals painted by the artist Eid Al Salwaawi. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
A group of people perform spiritual recitations as they celebrate the departure of a neighbour who is going to do Hajj pilgrimage. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
A group of people perform spiritual recitations as they celebrate the departure of a neighbour who is going to do Hajj pilgrimage. REUTERS/Hayam Adel
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