Sudanese celebrate Mawlid with great fanfare
Manama, On Tuesday, as the Muslim world marks the birthday of Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him (PBUH), the Sudanese will celebrate deep-rooted traditions associated with the special occasion.
The birthday celebrations, known as Eid Al Mawlid in Sudan, feature religious, intellectual, social and commercial activities that attract and involve almost everyone, young and old, men and women, who go to highly ornate public squares.
Celebrations to show the Sudanese people's love for the Prophet start on the first day of the month of Rabia Al Awwal, the third month on the lunar-based Islamic calendar.
Various sects of Sufis celebrate the birthday as an auspicious occasion. Lectures delivered by religious figures highlight the attributes, attitudes and ethics of the prophet. Muslims are encouraged to build their lives around such positive moral features.
For children, the Mawlid is a special occasion to receive gifts that include special toys and palatable sweets. Mawlid in Arabic means birthday.
Confectioners use the celebration as an auspicious opportunity to sell their sweets, in a manner that equals the fervor of the Ramadan Eid and the Sacrifice Eid, the two major celebrations in Islam.
Some of the confectioners say they start preparing three months ahead of the occasion.
The most spectacular displays of Al Mawlid sweets are in Khartoum, Bahri and Omdurman.
The Sudanese radio and television join in by broadcasting programmes and talks that include Mawlid Night songs.
Source: Bahrain News Agency