Different people of different regions mean different cultures, different customs and different religions. Muslims all across the world enjoy different religious festivals and different customs. One such custom is celebration of birth day of Prophet Muhammad. It is customary to eat specific foods on this day to celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad. The Egyptian custom appears to be influenced by Valentine’s Day to buy red heart shaped candies and sweets. In Sudan, Mawlid is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. Children are the beneficiaries. They are given assorted sweets and candies in the shapes of brides and knights on horses. Therefore, the demand for local and imported sweets increases. Parents are eager to buy Al-Mawlid special sweets and candies for their loved ones.
Food is prepared in Mawlid recipes all across Muslim world. Traditional Mawlid recipes vary from country to country and region to region, dictated by local customs and habits. But certain food items considered to be Prophet’s favorite are prepared as per old and time tested recipes. The Bedouin’s of Arabian Peninsula make Therida-consisting of crumbled bread with fingers into a light broth. Traditional recipes recommend use of wheat, honey and butter in preparing sweetmeat called Rafis. Rice pudding, semolina and other kind of sweet dish are prepared and distributed among poor. The biggest celebration of Mawlid takes place in Egypt. It is officially celebrated with head of state, usually, as chief guest. Traditional rituals, such as, religious songs and preparation of special sweets are associated with it.
People visit holy shrines and parade through the streets. Families are busy giving away sweets, meat and vegetables to their married daughters. Everyone exchanges sweets. In the popular neighborhoods, there is a display of candy doll, the horse with sugar and starch and the ornamental papers side by side with plastic Chinese dolls. Although, Mawlid is celebrated throughout Islamic countries, yet, there are people with opposing view s also. People holding such views feel that since it is not a religious occasion, it need not to be celebrated or observed. They believe and think that this festival is a blend of Islamic and western customs.