Egyptians stand to take pictures with Christmas and El-Moulid lights in the shape of a tree with bride on top in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Dec 24, 2015 (Photo: Hannah Porter)
This year's celebration of the Prophet Muhammad's birthday precedes Christmas by two days.
The humble Christmas tree has a rich history, from evergreen trees used to symbolise eternal life in Ancient Egypt to tree worship among pagan Europeans. The modern version has its origins in Germany, where the song "O Tannenbaum" is still a festive favourite.
Moulid dolls are part of the secular aspects of Mulids (Carnivals of Faith) in Egypt. Dating back to ancient Egypt, such celebrations were revived in Egypt during the Fatimid Era with special emphasis on Prophet Mohammed and his descendants. Moulid candy dolls are one of the most popular ornaments of the festivity.
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