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Egyptians Celebrate Mawlid Al-Nabi

Tue 26 Sep 2023 | 11:36 AM
Ahmed Emam

On Tuesday, Egyptians celebrate "Mawlid Al-Nabi", the birth anniversary of an important figure in Islamic history Prophet Mohamed, who was born in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca about 1,500 years ago.

Egyptians celebrate this occasion on the twelfth day of the month Rabi’ al-Awwal, which is considered one of the most sacred holidays in Islam.

During this celebration, Egyptians decorate their local mosques with lights, attend lectures about the Prophet's life and virtues, recite the Qur’an, litanies, and devotional poetry of the Prophet.

They also enjoy festive gatherings and traditional sugar candies like Aroust Elmouled, which was first introduced during the Fatimid Caliphate era.

This holiday is also a busy travel time, with increased traffic congestion and crowded public transportation. Many government offices, private businesses, and financial institutions close for at least two days to honor the holiday.

The celebration reflects the significance of religion in Egyptian society.