During the Ottoman Era, Mawlid al-Nabi used to be celebrated with magnificent grandiose ceremonies as it was a public holiday.
When I first visited Cyprus, I was very surprised when I found out that Mawlid was a public holiday. Not even the British could touch this Ottoman custom. During the Ottoman Era, Mawlid al-Nabi was a public holiday and celebrated with grandiose spectacles. Mawlid was an exciting, religious festival celebrated by all of the Muslim states.