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Sham Ennessim Originates from Ancient Egyptian "Shemu" Festival

Mon 06 May 2024 | 09:34 PM
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Sham Ennessim dates back to ancient Egyptian times. Among the Pharaohs, holidays were recorded by names.

The ancient Egyptian divided the year into three seasons: the Season of the Emergence (Prt) and before the spiritually dangerous intercalary month (Ḥryw Rnpt), after which the New Year's festivities began the Season of the Inundation (Ꜣḫt).

Our ancestors celebrated the season of crop maturity and harvest, in the Šmw or “Shemu” festival, during which crops and fruits ripened and goodness was abundant.

This holiday was called in the ancient Egyptian language “Shom En-Tem,” which means the ripening of green crops, and from which the word Sham Ennessim came.

Nowadays, Egyptians color eggs, write wishes and prayers on them, and hang them in trees. As the sun rises, they break the eggs to fulfill wishes and prayers as a form of renewal of life.

For the ancient Egyptian, eggs symbolize the beginning of creation, when the egg appeared on the manifestations of the eternal hill, and God emerged from it to create the sky, earth, air, and water.

In ancient Egyptian belief, the Creator God, who created himself, and just as he forms the world in the form of an egg, where promotes the idea of resurrection, indicating the continuation of life.