The Holy Carpet Parade, Cairo, Egypt
Singley, B.L. (Benjamin Lloyd)
Columns of men on horses in line marching in the Holy Carpet Parade
front:"9751-The Holy Carpet Parade, Cairo, Egypt" ; back: "The Kiswe (holy carpet) is prepared by a family in Cairo which maintains that right by inheritance. It is paid for by the Sultan. About the 23rd of the 10th month the caravan starts for Mecca on its pilgrimage to bring this carpet and put it over the Ka'ba, the cube form building over the black stone in the Sacred Mosque. The old covering is stripped off once a year and sold in bits to the pilgrims for charms. This departure of this caravan is the greatest event of the year in Cairo and the entire population turns out to witness it, and all strive to come to the front and touch it, which act will give them a blessing for their life time. We see only the escort composed of soldiers riding in front on horses. The people look back toward the carpet behind carried by a camel. A great number of pilgrims also on camels follow it. They expect to reach Mecca within two months, for the Great Festival."
Processions, Religious--Muslim (Islam)--Egypt--Cairo; Muslim pilgrims and pilgrimages--Egypt--Cairo; Cairo (Egypt); Stereographs; Religion & Festivals
Related Work(s)Forms part of the Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA)
Related Work(s)Research module: Places in Egypt, https://hdl.handle.net/1911/109669
Research module: History through the Stereoscope: Stereoscopy and Virtual Travel, https://hdl.handle.net/1911/109667
Related Work(s)Part of Keystone View Company series: 9751.
Citable link to this pagehttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/5546
RightsThis material is in the public domain and may be freely used.
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