File Photo: People buy traditional sweets for children to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohamed, also known as Mawlid al Nabi . REUTERS
The ministry said in a statement on Thursday that employers may decide not to give that day off to employees, noting that in this case employees should be paid twice their daily wages.
Public sector employees will take the day off as per a Cabinet decree, while the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has announced a three-day holiday for banks (28 to 30 September) to celebrate the religious occasion.
Moulid El-Nabi, marked on 12 Rabi Al-Awwal – the third month of the Islamic calendar – falls this year on 27 September of the Gregorian calendar.
In 2020, the government declared Thursday a day off whenever a public holiday falls on a weekday, exempting Eid Al-Fitr, Eid Al-Adha, and Coptic Christmas.
Moulid El-Nabi – the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) - is celebrated by Muslims worldwide.