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.