Another “Marhaba” has occurred at the American University in Cairo (January 27, 2016), and the memories of a past, distant celebration were reminded.
Its that semester event, put on by the ISSA Office at AUC for newcomers, new spirits, and the latest new craze of International Students; adding Egypt onto their resume, on their international resume of travel. Marhaba! You got it! The welcoming event for students (whether they are graduate, undergraduate, ALI, or other programs).
And Marhaba, it is! Food, fun, performances, and anything to capture the festivities of the welcoming experience. To be enchanted and captured into a magical world, if only for a few hours. And yet, how mystical it is! Being immersed into a whirled wind of the modern, to the present. The magic of henna even comes to play, for those young, dames, wishing you experience the sisterhood that can be formed when watching another woman being painted.
The delicacies of the night give you the illusion that the campus garden has made way for a new palace! And those who come, have the pleasure of being served. Spring 2014’s Marhaba’s celebration brought together another celebration! That of re-unity between a Nigerian maiden, and a Black flower from the U. S. of A!
Seeing each other was assurance that beautiful things were to come for the coming year. Starting the semester with a celebration, a Marhaba celebration! An enchanting allure of magic, happiness, cheerfulness, and joy; while honoring the space. Another personification of the yin and yang, the boisterous, and the soft-spoken. Having experienced so much together, only to experience more in the coming time at the American University in Cairo!
One of the pleasurable experiences of the evening relayed to the two of them connecting with another Dark flower. This time, coming straight from Egypt, in a land, known as Nubia. The experience of their bodies, serving as palettes, through henna, reminded them of the phenomena of human creativity’s connection to the spiritual world. That design was a reflection of a person’s character, person, and spirit.
And though the cold of winter’s night brought slight discomfort, with bare flesh in the air, as the Nubian artist painted, the aftermath of renewal, was priceless.
They rarely spent time together. And their past involvement in Project Sankofa (i.e. orchestrating a film festival and others) had been a distant’s time. Yet, for that one night, they were able to re-connect their paths, in that space.
Hugging blessings, loving kisses, and the bid for a success in the New Year! Marhaba, and blessings to the new season.