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Written by: Mahmoud Krishan
We excavate the memory of the beautiful time to celebrate the independence of the homeland, which was witnessed in the downtown areas, where the people of old Amman were, who clung to it in a bundle of love and time, and their mellow memory blossomed, while they regained the joy of the proud Hashemite capital, while it was decorated and dressed up to celebrate the anniversary of independence.
In this regard, Fouad Al-Bukhari says in his book “Amman, Memory of the Beautiful Time”: Amman was on a date with the most joyful and splendid celebrations, when it celebrated Jordan’s independence on May 25, 1946. The young city, until it appeared in the most splendid jewelry it wore since the establishment of the Emirate.. And at the forefront of the weddings and celebrations were those well-known Levantine parades, Dabkeh episodes, and popular songs affecting hearts and souls.
* The greatest celebration
Information indicates that the celebration of Independence Day, which took place in 1946, is one of the greatest celebrations ever held. As decorations, dances, and triumphal arches were set up, and delegations came to Amman from various regions of the Emirate of Transjordan, and from some brotherly Arab countries, to participate in this and to congratulate the founding King Abdullah I Ibn Al-Hussein, may God rest his soul, as the Amman Municipality held in 1946 a party on the occasion of independence in the Petra Cinema sponsored King Abdullah the First, and the party opened with the youth anthem, and Mayor Kamal Al-Jayousi delivered a speech on the occasion.
Oman's notables' homes.
In her turn, Dr. Hanan Malkawi mentioned in her book “Amman, a historical study” about the Independence Day: The government had made the necessary arrangements for the accommodation of the delegations that came to participate in the emirate’s independence celebrations in 1946, as it booked the Philadelphia Hotel and asked some sheikhs and dignitaries in the city of Amman, such as: Mithqal Pasha Al-Fayez, Wasef Pasha Al-Bisharat, Ismail Bey Al-Bilbisi, and Sabri Al-Tabaa prepared their homes (like palaces) to receive the arrivals as well.
* songs and bullets.
It was mentioned in the book “Biography of a City” by its late author, Abd al-Rahman Munif: The joy of the people of Oman with national independence in 1946 was great. They had never seen in their lives a feast like the one that was held there, whether with the number of sheep that were slaughtered or the chants that kept echoing in the sides of the valley. Getting rid of the British Mandate.
* Military parade.
In addition, it was stated in the book “Amman Station” written by the ancient Omani doctor, Dr. Mowaffaq Khazneh Katbi, that joyful events took place in the station / Marka in the forties, including, for example, the following: The coronation ceremony of Prince Abdullah I Ibn Al-Hussein as King of Jordan in the name of the King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The party was in Marka, where a large military parade was held, and the founding king, Abdullah I, may God rest his soul, was standing in a white convertible car, which I think remains until now, and Prince Abdullah, the guardian of the throne of Iraq, was standing next to him, and the ceremony was at the site of the current civil airport.
Katbi adds: Since the station was the only way to Marka, the station was crowded with people coming from all directions, peddlers spread, and the residents of Al-Ma’ani neighborhood and the owners of the shops put cold water jars to quench the thirst of the people returning from watching the celebration.. My family and I were among those who went to the place of the celebration, and when I was a child carrying a camera of my own, so they allowed me to enter and approach the royal car, and so I stood next to the car and took some pictures that I still keep until now of the king and the prince.. and at that time I was proud of my classmates at school.
** Shawam Amman.
In the meantime, the official in the Al-Fayhaa Charity Association and one of the notables and merchants of old Amman, Mr. Mazen Abdel-Razzaq Al-Sharbaji, says that the great merchants of Shawam Amman were setting up triumphal arches in front of their stores, which were decorated with Jordanian flags and pictures of His Majesty the King, and the Jordanian Armed Forces Music Band was roaming the streets of the bottom of the city while performing Patriotic musical pieces The planets of horses ridden by knights from the Arab army were marching in the center of the country amid large popular crowds.
* Sheikh Al-Azem.
For his part, Majdi Al-Homsi, from Shawam Amman, who works as a coffee “merchant” in Al-Ridha Street, said that Amman merchants and dignitaries used to make triumphal arches along the downtown streets, which were decorated with Jordanian flags and pictures of His Majesty the King. It is attended by the late principal of schools, the distinguished poet and educator Youssef Al-Azem, as the march roams the entire regions of Amman and recites national anthems on this happy occasion.
In summary: On the anniversary of independence, Jordanians read with satisfaction the white and immortal page of their country, their people, and their leadership in the history book, which they wrote with their blood, sacrifices, and tears. achieve it, and we see how the night connects with the day while he communicates with his people in their cities, villages, camps and valleys
We light the candles of glory, glory and pride, raise the banners above the heights and the heights, and engrave in the ears of time, and the memory of history the sweetest meanings and the most beautiful phrases. It is today the darkest of days, and our master His Majesty King Abdullah II in us is a source of hope, a title of fever and a kneeler, and we sincerely and sincerely pray to God that the march of goodness continues And giving that His Majesty leads with all energy and ability.