Egyptian artist paints murals on houses to celebrate Hajj

Eid al-Salwaawi, 69, paints murals of the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage on the walls of a house in Cairo’s Sayeda Zainab neighborhood. (Reuters)

Eid al-Salwaawi, 69, paints murals of the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage on the walls of a house in Cairo’s Sayeda Zainab neighborhood.

The artist Eid Al Salwaawi paints murals about the holy Kaaba and the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in Cairo. (Reuters)

The artist Eid Al Salwaawi paints murals about the holy Kaaba and the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in Cairo. (Reuters)

Sometimes he volunteers to paint scenes that celebrate the Hajj 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 Hajj, one of the five pillars of their faith. This year’s Hajj will conclude on Sunday.

The artist Eid Al Salwaawi paints murals about the holy Kaaba and the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in Cairo. (Reuters)

The artist Eid Al Salwaawi paints murals about the holy Kaaba and the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in Cairo. (Reuters)

Al-Salwaawi said the Hajj 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.

The artist Eid Al Salwaawi paints murals about the holy Kaaba and the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in Cairo. (Reuters)

The artist Eid Al Salwaawi paints murals about the holy Kaaba and the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in Cairo. (Reuters)

He uses simple tools like a handmade palm frond brush and a mixture of paint, vinegar, rosewater, gum Arabic and glue.

One mural depicts women as they embark on the pilgrimage, dressed in bright colors, another shows a caravan carrying the tapestry that covers the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam. He adorns his works with prayers and Koranic verses.

Each mural takes him between two and three hours.

The artist Eid Al Salwaawi paints murals about the holy Kaaba and the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in Cairo. (Reuters)

The artist Eid Al Salwaawi paints murals about the holy Kaaba and the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in Cairo. (Reuters)

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