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Because the talk is about the “shwar” of wedding joys, so let us explain it to you in detail, as Amin Pasha Sami mentioned it in the second volume of the third part of the “Calendar of the Nile” printed in 1936. Some of it he saw it himself, some of it he quoted from the book “History of Egypt in the Era of Khedive Ismail” printed in 1923.
He says: On the 17th of Dhul Qi’dah, 1289 AH, the gifts presented by Princess Khoshyar Hanim, the mother of the Khedive and his wives, began to leave from the High Palace in Garden City. The “Shwar” Princess Amina Hanim, who married the eldest son, Muhammad Tawfiq, was the first to go out and move to the dome palace guarded by any pedestrians, led by a musical choir, and the gifts were placed in uncovered strains on carts clad with reeds, on pillows of plush decorated with gold And the diamonds, covered in luxurious gauze, held by four soldiers in each vehicle, followed by officers wearing their uniforms and swords branded in their hands.
These gifts were Sunni jewelery, bright diamond necklaces of Brillant, areas of pure gold, textiles embroidered with pearls in the size of eggs, white clothes embroidered with the number of the princess, with precious stones and pure silver. Among the gifts of the Khedive himself to his children was a bed of pure silver, similar to the one he gave to the Empress Eugenie while attending the celebrations of the Suez Canal, coated with fine gold water, and its columns were studded with diamonds, rubies, emeralds and turquoise. The procession passed the streets of Cairo. The Shuar of the rest of the princesses was not different from the previously mentioned gifts, namely the eye of life, Khadija and Fatima.
Amin Pasha Sami, owner of the Nile Calendar volumes, says. He was then a student at the Mohandeskhana School, and he witnessed the landmarks of those weddings and realized – as he mentioned – that the notables gave many different gifts, and that contributed to the excess of these luxurious banquets and gifts that were presented to the grooms, and these gifts exceeded any description.
Thus, we knew – yesterday and today – how and why was the area that witnessed these weddings called Al-Munira, including Al-Mawardi District and Al-Sukkar and Lemon Street, and it was an empty land, or almost empty … and we also knew even the bed that was given from the Khedive himself to every bride and groom .. Like the bed that the Khedive had given to Empress Eugenie … and the amount of extravagance with which he was known in the era of Khedive Ismail … and that was the cause of the debt crisis that crippled Egypt, and the most important reasons for isolating this Khedive from the rule of Egypt on June 26, 1879, and he went into exile on June 30 Al-Mahrousa and took to Europe, heading to Naples.
■ Khedive Ismail lived, moving between Italy and the capitals of Europe until he settled in his exile in Astana, on the banks of the Bosphorus, until he died on March 2, 1895 at the age of 55, and his body was transported to Egypt, where he was buried in the Al-Rifai Mosque in Cairo, which was established by his mother, Princess Khoshyar Hanim.
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