Written by Adweita Panigrahi, a grade 1 student.
On the 3rd of April 2021, an unusual event, called the Parade of Mummies, took place on the roads of Cairo – the capital of Egypt.
What was this event?
Twenty-two mummies – of 18 kings and 4 queens from 3000 years ago – were moved to their new home, to the Royal Mummies Hall at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).
The mummified bodies of many rulers in Egypt were placed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for many years. However, over time, the museum became very cluttered, and there wasn’t enough space to showcase all the items.
The celebration, named the Pharaos’ Golden Parade, was a big and spectacular event. Music, dance, and fireworks were held on the day and decorated chariots driven by horses also took part in that.
The government had been planning this event for a long time.
The mummies were moved in the order in which they ruled Egypt. They were carried using trucks that looked like ancient golden boats. Each one of them bore the name of the mummy they were carrying. The names were written in Arabic, English, and the ancient Egyptian language named Hieroglyphics.
In spite of the efforts, shifting the mummies was a difficult job. The main aim was to not cause any damage to the fragile mummies. Each was fitted with special shock absorbers to make the trip smooth. Also, the mummies were in were sealed in a way that gave them protection from weather conditions.
The event could be seen on television and online as well. It officially marked the opening of the museum. It was also hoped that the event would draw tourists to the country since tourism has dropped due to the pandemic.
Egypt relies heavily on tourism for revenue and has struggled in the last year. There have been protests against the government, which the government has suppressed violently.
Due to the lack of money, the country and its citizens are struggling badly. However, this was hidden during the event. Large plastic curtains were put to hide the poor areas so they wouldn’t be visible on the television.
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