3.5 tons of expired candies seized before Moulid el-Nabi celebrations

CAIRO: A total of 3.5 tons of expired candies from last year’s stock were seized at factories in three districts in Giza, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

The seizures are part of police campaigns launched targeting unlicensed factories and shops displaying special sweets ahead of the anniversary of the birthday of Prophet Mohammed (Moulid el-Nabi,) which falls on Dec. 23.

Earlier this month, 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 in the shape of horses or an “Aroussa al-Moulid” (Candy doll.)

Additional reporting by Osama Abdel Hamid.

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