Mulid of Shaykh Yusuf Abu el-Haggag

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Mulid of Shaykh Yusuf Abu el-Haggag (Moulid of Abu el-Haggag)

Two weeks prior to the beginning of the Muslim observance of Ramadan
The Mulid of Shaykh Yusuf Abu el-Haggag celebrates the patron shaykh of Luxor, Egypt, with a two-day street festival that draws Muslims and visitors alike. It takes place two weeks prior to the start of Ramadan in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The festival highlight is the procession of large boats, an Islamic symbol for the journey toward spiritual enlightenment, through the city's labyrinthine streets. Entertainment includes tahtib, or a stick fight accompanied by beating drums, horse races, dance, and music.
The shaykh, though born in Damascus, is highly honored in Luxor, where he established a spiritual retreat, or zawiyah.
CONTACTS:
Tour Egypt
20-95-382215 or 20-95-383294
www.luxorguide.com
SOURCES:
UndIslam-2004, p. 389