CAIRO: Ahead of Mouled el-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, more than 17 tons of “halawet el mouled,” traditional sweets mostly made of nuts, have been seized for being unfit for human consumption, Health Ministry stated Tuesday.
The ministry dispatched inspection teams to some 2,598 desserts factories and stores selling halawet el-mouled, according to the statement. Mouled el-Nabi coincides with Wednesday this year.
The ministry urged citizens not to buy sweets on which the source is not indicated, and to make sure they are not expired. The special candies are sold weeks before the celebrations of Mouled el-Nabi.
On Dec. 16, 3.5 tons of expired candies from last year’s stock were seized at three districts in Giza in police campaigns targeting unlicensed factories and shops selling the sweets.
During celebrations of the day, festivals are held in some areas in Egypt, with funfair spread around and vocalists reciting supplications and chants in the love of Prophet Mohamed.
Egyptian Muslims usually gather with families and friends and eat halawet el-mouled. Children also buy special toys decorated with colors in the shape of horses or an “Arousset el-Mouled” (Candy doll.)