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PM announces Thursday, September 28 as holiday for al-Mawlid al-Nabawi

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, issued a decision announcing Thursday, September 28, as an official holiday on the occasion of al-Mawlid al-Nabawi (Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday).

The decision stated it would be a paid holiday for workers in ministries, government departments, public bodies, local administration units, public sector companies, public business sector companies, and private sector companies.

Madbouly announced Thursday a holiday, instead of Wednesday – corresponding to the 12th of Rabi’ al-Awwal in the year 1445 on the Hijri calendar – as it is customary to transfer mid-week official holidays to the weekend so that employees can get a longer break.


A special holiday

The date of the Prophet’s birthday is linked to the Hijri calendar system, a system that depends on the lunar month – the length of time that the moon takes in a complete orbit around the Earth.

The Hijri, Lunar or Islamic calendar depends on the lunar cycle to determine the months, and some Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia have take it as the official calendar of the state.

Established by Caliph Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, it used the migration of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina on Rabi’ al-Awwal 12 (September 24, 622 AD) as a reference for its first year in it, which is is the reason behind calling it the Hijri calendar.

Celebrations of the Prophet’s birthday differ from one Islamic country to another, according to customs and traditions, all Muslims consider a day of peace and love as it is the day of the Prophet’s birth.

Dessert is an important part in holding the many celebrations, which begin with the establishment of marques and the display of sweets a month before the date of the birthday.

Egyptians eagerly buy and present gifts to their loved ones.

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