Across the Moslem world, the 1394th anniversary of Mohammed's birth is being celebrated. In Egypt?
Across the Moslem world, the 1394th anniversary of Mohammed's birth is being celebrated. In Egypt this year, the ceremonies take on a particular significance in an atmosphere of increasing prosperity.
On Thursday night (4 April), hundreds of people crowded around El Husseini Square in the centre of Cairo to join in the festivities. It is traditionally a time of happiness, and the Thursday night crowds reflected the mood of the occasion, dancing and singing in the specially constructed pavilions.
Recently, President Sadat told his people it was time to start living and building again, and the mood in Egypt is one of confidence, with everyone looking forward to an era of unmatched prosperity and growth. There has been an increase in consumer spending -- for example, holiday resorts are once again crowded and foreign cars, that have appeared on the market, are selling faster than the dealers can import them.