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A triumphant ceremony inaugurated The Jeweled Throne of medieval Persia.

The date was chosen by astrologers and was doubly auspicious.

It coincided exactly with Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan.

Nowruz, the Persian Spring festival, occurred on the same date.

The emperor and the court were returning from Kashmir, abroad.

The third day of Nowruz would be the most propitious.

That day the emperor would sit on the royal roost.

The emperor’s favorite poet was chosen to compose twenty verses.

The verses would be inscribed in emerald on the throne.

The poet was given six gold pieces for each stanza.