Royal Parade reminds people of MENA of their ancient heritage, showcasing Egypt’s cultural impact on the region


Part of the Golden Parade in Cairo on April 3, 2021 – via BBC

CAIRO – April 6, 2021: The Egyptian Golden Parade had a strong impact throughout the Middle East and North Africa region, rekindling national sentiments in many countries in the region.

Egypt’s cultural impact is manifested in the reaction of neighboring countries which share some of the characteristics of Egypt: an old civilization, a change of religion and a change of language to Arabic.

This is especially evident on social media, where every video of the Golden Parade performance is filled with comments from Arabs saluting the display and sending greetings from the “grandchildren of the Aramaeans”, “the land of the Assyrians / Babylon” , “Moors”. / Amazigh / Berber ”and“ the Hurrians / Mitannis ”, referring respectively to Syria, Iraq, the Greater Maghreb and the Kurds. Many comments also pointed out that the parade is the pride not only of Egypt, but of the entire region.

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Comments on the Golden Parade Youtube video
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Comments on the Golden Parade Youtube video

Much less important, but other comments have also attempted to attribute ancient Egyptian civilizations to other nations, such as Sudan and Libya, or to underestimate the pharaohs as “pagans” and emphasize that their remains are only kept as a reminder of their “fall.” , in the religious sense.

The Egyptians’ respect for their past seems to have inspired many in the region, prompting them to reflect on their own little-known past in favor of a present they lacked.

A widely shared post on Facebook came from Syrian writer and poet Ramy Koussa said that he “and many Syrians watched with admiration and jealousy the carnival of the transfer of royal mummies to Egypt.”

He compared the Syrian heritage to his Egyptian counterpart, but lamented his country’s fragmented situation at this point, wondering how long it would take to be in Egypt’s place today.

He mentioned Egypt’s achievements in football, handball, tourism, theater and cinema, despite the enormous unrest during the January 25 revolution, the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in 2013 and the violent consequences.

Kossa also spoke about corruption in both countries, but said that in Egypt there is more work than corruption.

His position supports a widespread discourse in Egypt which is also promoted by the government; that is, Egypt was destined to share the same fate as other countries in the region, but it managed to overcome difficult circumstances and create stability for its people.

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