December 15, 2018
Latest News
Entertainment

Egyptians celebrate birthday of Islam's Prophet Muhammad by eating sweets

Cairo, Dec 1 (efe-epa).- Egypt, among other Muslim-majority countries, on Friday began celebration the birth of Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, an observation known in the Arab world as al-Mawled al-Nabawi.

The religious occasion is marked in Rabi' al-Awwal, the third month in the 12-month Islamic lunar calendar, which employs the Hijri era, marked by the migration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE.

The most distinguished aspects of Egypt's celebrations include buying candy dolls, which come in two forms; a bride for girls and a horse and rider for boys.

The sweets are made as hard sugary figures for children to eat. Before they are bought, the dolls are decorated with fabric and other colorful objects.

In Egypt's crowded neighborhoods, stands have been set up selling these candy dolls as well as other nutty sweets.

These stands use bright lights in the night as a way to draw in customers.

The Shiite Fatimid Caliphate in Egypt (909-1171) was the first to use the candy dolls in celebrating the prophet's birth.

Over the course of time, this way of observing the prophet's birth lost its links with the Shiite state and became a key part of how common Egyptians celebrate the birth of the prophet.

Muhammad was born in 570 CE in Mecca, in 613 he announced publicly that he was God's Messenger; that is a prophet following the Judeo/Christian tradition.

Muhammad died on June 8, 632 having unified all of the Arabian peninsula and establishing one of the world's biggest religions, Islam.

News history
Santa Clauses don running shoes for festive race in Belarus

Minsk, Dec 15 (efe-epa).-Some 300 runners clad in festive gear braved freezing temperatures in the Belorussian capital Saturday to take part in the Santa Run.

Bulgarian Vespa Club goes festive for meeting in Sofia

Sofia, Dec 15 (efe-epa).- Legend has it that Santa Claus makes his annual tour of the world giving gifts to well-behaved children in a one-horse open...

Bolivia plans new museum for Tiahuanaco archaeological site

La Paz, Dec 14 (epa-efe).- Bolivia presented here Friday a project to build a new museum at Tiahuanaco, the country's most important archaeological site, to...

New Miss Venezuela dedicates her crown to slum where she grew up

Caracas, Dec 14 (epa-efe).- Hours after being proclaimed Miss Venezuela 2018, Isabella Rodriguez said here Friday that she hopes to give back to Petare, the...

Zayed Sustainability Prize brings solar energy to rural Bolivia

La Paz, Dec 14 (epa-efe).- A program launched under the auspices of the UAE's Zayed Sustainability Prize is bringing electricity to some 3,000 residents of...

Santa Claus snuggles sharks in Tokyo, frolics with fish in Manila

Tokyo, Dec 14 (efe-epa).- Santa Claus swapped snow for the pool across Asia on Friday, diving with sea creatures in aquariums in Japan and the Philippines.

Paris show casts original light on species threatened by extinction

Paris, Dec 14 (efe-epa).- A light festival in France's main botanical garden has nimbly transformed the alarming environmental issue of wildlife extinction...

Foreign tourists in Japan set to top 30 million in 2018

Tokyo, Dec 14 (efe-epa).- The number of foreign tourists to Japan is set to cross a record 30 million mark in 2018, the government said Friday.

Miss USA apologizes for comments on non-English speaking contestants

Bangkok, Dec 14 (efe-epa).- The United States nominee in the Miss Universe competition Friday apologized for her comments on the English-speaking skills of...

Cuaron: I tried not to romanticize the past in "Roma"

Los Angeles, Dec 13 (efe-epa).- Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron said he sought to avoid romanticizing the past in "Roma," a family drama that was a surprise...

Bread is the latest item in short supply in Cuba

Havana, Dec 13 (efe-epa).- Long lines at bakeries, murmured complaints on the street but fiery ones on the social networks and, finally, an official...

Christmas wafers mark Polish family Yuletide tradition

Lublin (Poland), Dec 13 (efe-epa).- As Poland prepares for Christmas, a lot of prior work goes into pursuing its long-standing tradition of making wafers, a...

Kokoschka paintings, drawings, doll go on display at Swiss gallery

Zurich (Switzerland), Dec 13 (efe-epa).- A retrospective of Austrian figurative expressionist Oskar Kokoschka was previewed on Thursday at the Kunsthaus...

Leopard kills Buddhist monk meditating in Indian forest

New Delhi, Dec 13 (efe-epa).- A leopard killed a Buddhist monk meditating in the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in India's western Maharashtra state, an...

Jennifer Lopez identifies with her character in Second Act

New York, Dec 12 (efe-epa).- Actor Jennifer Lopez on Wednesday presented her new movie 'Second Act', a romantic comedy, where she plays the character of a...

Kazakhstan celebrates in Madrid its 27th anniversary of independence

Madrid, Dec 12 (efe-epa).- Kazakhstan's embassy in Spain on Wednesday commemorated the 27th anniversary of the Central Asian nation's independence at an...

Diango Hernandez uses art to express Cuban identity

Havana, Dec 12 (efe-epa).- In the manner of a Caribbean Roy Lichtenstein, Cuba's Diango Hernandez starts with a simple shape, the curve of a wave, to embody...

Man arrested in Amsterdam in relation to Renoir painting heist

Vienna, Dec 12 (efe-epa).- Dutch police in Amsterdam on Wednesday arrested one of the three men linked to the theft of a canvas by renowned French...

Melting art installation in London aims to highlight global warming

London, Dec 12 (efe-epa).- Blocks of ice from Greenland have been placed in front of an art gallery in the United Kingdom capital for an installation aiming...

"Roma" big favorite to win best Ibero-American film at Spain's Goya awards

Madrid, Dec 12 (efe-epa).- "Roma," by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, "A Twelve-Year Night," by Uruguayan Álvaro Brechner, "The Angel," by Argentine Luis...

Sharks seen at Thailand's famous bay closed to tourism

Bangkok, Dec 12 (efe-epa).- Around 50 blacktip sharks have been seen swimming in the waters of Thailand's Maya Bay, made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio's 2000...

Airline trade association sees industry profit up to $35.5 billion in 2019

London, Dec 12 (efe-epa).- The global airline industry is expected to post $35.5 billion in combined net profits next year, the International Air Transport...

Jamal Khashoggi named Time's 2018 Person of the Year

Washington, Dec 11 (epa-efe).- Murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, three other reporters and a media outlet were named by Time magazine as its Person...

Juliette Binoche to preside 2019 Berlinale movie festival jury

Berlin, Dec 11 (efe-epa).- French actress Juliette Binoche is to preside the international jury of the next edition of the Berlinale, the organizer's of...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.