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Ad for Badia Masabni's Show
Kharouf el-Eid
Monday, March 25, 1934


Translated by Priscilla Adum





A one-act play mentioned in this advertisement for Badia Masabni's nightclub is titled Kharouf el Eid, which means "the sacrifical ram". This is a reference to the custom of sacrificing an animal for the Islamic holiday known as Eid al-Adha, the Festival of the Sacrifice. Click the link to learn more about it.

March 25, 1934, the start date for Badia's new show advertised below, was the 9th day of the month Dhū al-Hijjah on the Islamic calendar. Therefore, Badia's show featuring the play titled Kharouf el-Eid began the day before Eid al-Adha, and would have been a nod to the occasion.

Click on the image below to see the advertisement in more detail.

Badia Masabni



The Advertisement

Badia Masabni's Troupe

Casino Badia At Emad El Din Street Telephone 45312

From Monday the 25th until Friday the 30th of March 1934

The Troupe will present at the end of the Winter Season and in Celebration of Eid El Adha, The Greatest Artistic Program

Full of Elegant Comedies

Kharouf el Eid (The Sacrificial Ram)

A One Act Play, Unique in Jokes and Humor, A Wonderful Style Never Before Seen in Egyptian Theaters, 

Full of Wonderful and Unique Humor - As the Name Implies

Written by El Oustaz Mahmoud Sadek Saif

King of Imagination

A Comedic Music and Dance Play That Contains the Wonderment of Sorcery Such As No Ear Has Ever Before Heard and No Eye Has Ever Before Seen, It Far Exceeds The Tales of Fortune Tellers and Hoaxer's tricks and it Contains a Moral For Anyone who Watches It. 

Written by El Oustaz Hosni Ali el-Hosseiny.

Composed by the Maestro El Oustaz Ezat el Gahli 

Participating In the Entire Program 

The Queen of the Slim

Madame Badia Masabni

Abdel Nabi Mohamed, Hussein Ibrahim, Fahmi Aman, Mahmoud El Touni

Ezat el Gahli, Hekmet Fahmy, Fathya Sherif 

Spanish Dance with Castanets:

The Beautiful Biancha and the Slim Gina

The Kiss

Single Monologue For The First Time

Written By El Oustaz Abou El Se3oud El Ebiary
Composed by The Maestro El Oustaz Farid Ghosn
Recited by the Queen of the Thin, The Artistic Lady

Badia Masabni

Caption Under the Picture:

Madame Badia Masabni




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About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 




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