I have just returned from a two week trip to Vancouver, where I visited my family and celebrated my mom’s sweet 60th birthday. It is hard to believe that it has been three years now that Hannah and I moved to Canada’s largest city, Toronto. Flying back to Vancouver was not only a great chance to meet up with family and friends, but I also decided to rekindle my passion for Egyptology in Vancouver.
When a pharaoh neared 30 years of rule, it was commonly expected that he would prove his right and ability to rule through a series of trials. In an example from Saqqara dating to ca. 2,800 BC, Djoser is shown in striding fashion within his burial complex. The King here is celebrating his 30 years of rule: the famous heb-sed celebration. Nearly 5,000 years later, ancient Egypt is still very much present in the thoughts of the modern world.