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What’s Trending: 22/4/2017

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Written by: Rawan Mamdouh

Easter memes are all over our newsfeeds, creative artists are sharing their art on social media, and Morgan Freeman can’t forget about Egyptians’ driving skills. Here’s the list of this week’s trendiest hashtags:

1) #Happy_Easter

Celebrating the coming of spring by posting photos of colourful Easter eggs, DIY ideas to follow the tradition in a non-traditional way, photos of friends and family on picnics and trips to Egypt’s beaches and gardens, and snaps of family gatherings around their favourite Sham ElNessem dish: smoked herring fish, a.k.a. ringa.

 

You could be one of the “sleep-in squad” at home, readying yourself for the next working day while you look at posts which ask, “Why do we colour eggs for the Easter holiday?” and, “What do cute-looking bunnies have to do with that?” As an active part of this squad, I would like to tell you the following:

1- We celebrate Sham ElNessem because it is fun, and also a Pharaonic tradition passed on from our ancestors.

2- There is no logical relation found between bunnies and colouring eggs, but they are cute so why not?

2) #Art_Is a_Way_of_Survival

a- Cairo Starry Night

Magically, Mohamed Karam created Cairo’s version of the renowned Vincent Van Gogh painting Starry Night with one of the mesmerizing captures of Cairo’s Downtown beautiful nights. The photo was shared by the popular Facebook page ‘Art is a way of survival’.

 

b- No Credits? 

Earlier this week, the same page shared Mahmoud Soliman’s artwork, a talented Egyptian artist who is well-known but his unique visual pieces on Facebook are often shared without crediting him. Even though they cropped his watermark from the original photo, his admirers recognized his work on the spot, and comments were fired complaining about the situation which led the page to give him credit for his work later.

3) #SignSong

Following the successful story of the first deaf Egyptian dentist, which was recently covered by the CNN, a beautiful harmony was recreated using sign language. Mohamed Mounir’s legendary song “3ali Sotak“ [Raise Your Voice] was performed using sign language by numerous celebs, such as Dorra Zarrouk, Sherif Ramzy, Hesham Maged, Rasha Mahdi, Sara Sabry, Malak El Husseiny, Osama Elhady, and others.

This awareness campaign is held by “Pick A Street” which teamed up with “Waslet Kheir’’ to help hearing-impaired children to hear the world. Three concerts were on-going at the same time in different streets to raise more donations towards the cause.

4) #Ahmed_Fahmy

Ahmed Fahmy, the actor, has just joined Twitter and asked his non-existent followers to send their questions to his ASKfm account, which led Mohamed Henedy to reply: “You have no followers Who are you waiting for to ask?“ Twitter users started a funny banter to make us realize that Ahmed Fahmy now has a Twitter account.

5) #Nefertiti’s_Real_Face

Nefertiti was so pretty! A photo of the facial reconstruction for the ancient queen is all what we have been staring at all day. Nevertheless, I cannot help wondering where does it say that this was her skin tone and hair colour? Cher, the American Pop music goddess, and Sawsan Badr are her doppelgangers. Is that considered white-washing?

 

Bonus:

1- Morgan Freeman’s Statement.

There are so many great Egyptian wonders and I am surprised that he only caught this one!

For example, this fairytale wonder:

2- Sawiris’s Statement:
I was feeling more accomplished throughout my life knowing that I had 100 extra pounds compared to my siblings, but he had to ruin it.

You should look on the bright side: you are richer than 99% of Egyptians and that 1% happens to be your siblings!

 

What are your thoughts?

Share with us how did you celebrate the break on your social media accounts and your thoughts on this week’s trends.

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