A procession of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies passed through downtown Cairo on Saturday en route to a new museum three miles away as part of a lavish ceremony honoring Egyptian history.
The procession of 18 kings and four queens, called the “Golden Parade of the Pharaohs”, left the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square at about 8 pm and went to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, the Washington Post reported. Each of the mummies rode in golden-blue boat-like vehicles, with each vehicle bearing the name of the mummy it bore.
The whole event aimed to recreate the attributes of ancient Egypt, with horse-drawn chariots dressed as ancient Egyptians. The procession circled around Tahrir Square, the center of the 201
The route taken by the vehicles is freshly paved, the coffins are filled with nitrogen and the vehicles are equipped with special shock absorbers to preserve the ancient remains.
The event has been promoted for months, the Post said, with Egyptian authorities hoping the transfer of mummies would attract tourists to a country whose economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and political chaos.
The event also served as a nationalist event to highlight Egypt’s place in history, the Post reported, with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi chairing the ceremony. He himself is often called the “new pharaoh” because of his authoritarian rule and ambitious projects.
Most Egyptians saw the event on television, the Post reported, and the entire route was closed for security purposes. Some parts of the event were also pre-recorded with orchestras and singers playing patriotic music and segments dedicated to famous Egyptian temples, mosques and churches.