CAIRO: Police campaigns have been launched targeting candies made in unsafe conditions and sold during the anniversary of the birthday of Prophet Mohammed (Moulid el-Nabi,) which falls on Dec. 23, according to Youm7.
The campaigns will check on unlicensed factories and shops displaying special sweets sold during the occasion.
Supply police seized 50 tons of rotten sweets in Haram, Shubra el-Khema and Sahel in Cairo ahead of the celebrations.
Although celebrated by many Muslims worldwide, the day is a traditional festival and not a religious duty. Similarly, many Copts also celebrate the “moulid” or birthday of their saints.
It is celebrated on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic Calendar “Rabi al-Awal.”
During celebrations of the day, Egyptian Muslims usually gather with families and friends and eat special sweets offered on this day, called “Halawet el-Moulid.” Children also buy special toys decorated with colors like horses or in the shape of an “Aroussa al-Moulid” or (Candy doll.)
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Abdel Rady.