Today is Easter Saturday, 3 April 2021. At 1600 GMT today on YouTube the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities will stream live the procession of twenty-two royal mummies. These are the remains of pharaohs and queens from Egypt’s glorious past. They are being moved from the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (the wonderful Victorian building) to the new state of the art Egyptian Museum of Civilization in Fustat, approximately 5km away. The journey is expected to take approximately 40 minutes.
The mummies on the move will include Ramses the Great, Seti I, Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III, to name a few.
Links to the YouTube channel can be accessed here.
This is one of the most exciting things to happen in Egypt for a while. Crowds of Egyptians are expected to line the streets to watch the procession of their country’s ancient kings and queens. It is expected to be a lavish spectacle, complete with replica war chariots, triumphal music and, we trust, exceptionally tight security.
The vehicles that will transport these ancient treasures have been specially fitted with shock absorbers and climate controlled interiors filled with nitrogen to keep their precious cargo safe.
Naturally, fears of pharaohs’ curses are circulated again. The apocryphal warning from Tutankhamun’s tomb “Death will come on swift wings to those who disturb the king’s peace” is being linked to recent disasters in Egypt ranging from the train crash in Sohag to the container ship blocking the SuezCanal !
I, for one, will be tuning in to watch the Golden Parade in all its glories. Nice to be reminded that, beyond the restrictions of national lockdowns amid a global pandemic, there is still a big wide world out there, with exciting things happening.
Fiona Deal, Author of Meredith Pink’s Adventures in Egypt, fiction books all available on Amazon. To join Merry on her adventures please click on each picture for the link.
I hope you are keeping well – Happy Easter.
When I started to read this, I thought it was the start of a new adventure for Meredith … then I re-read the date! I hope you can use this for your next book.
Take care and keep safe.
I’m pleased to say, the new book is well underway and I plan to publish it early summertime. Watch this space.
All the best, Fiona
The last hour is absolutely incredible ! #Presidency_of_Egypt_Website || President El-Sisi Witnesses the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade
Thank you! Watching it now. It is spectacular!
And more to the point – when will we see a new Merry book?
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Well, I admit I had a lump in my throat watching large parts of that – basically departure from the old museum and arrival at the new!
I am back in the writing groove – and plan to publish book number 10 in early summer. Watch this space !!
Thank you for sharing this! In the middle of this pandemic, with personal family losses, it has been my ‘happy’ place to plan another holiday in Egypt!
I hope you and your family are well and look forward to reading your next exciting novel in the Meridith series! I might add, I have read and reread three times during lockdown the whole series! All the best!
Hi Sally, thanks for your comment. Yes, longing to be able to travel to Egypt again. After a challenging year last year (like so many) I am now back in the writing groove. Hope to publish number 10 in the early summer.