Mohamed Salah Al Said, a Muslim who lives in El Mahalla El Kubra
, is the most famous seller of wooden crosses at the festival, and each year the visitors await him to buy his decorated handmade crosses.
On April 6, a general strike was organized to protest higher food prices, lack of subsidized bread, and to show solidarity with a textile workers' strike in the Nile Delta town of Mahalla El Kubra
. Thousands participated, hundreds were arrested and three people were killed.