CAIRO – Thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi camping out in Egyptian al-Nahda and Rabaa al-Adawiya squares are planning special festivities to mark `Eid al-Fitr on Thursday.
"We want to show that we are enjoying our sit-in," Mohamed Abdel-Kawi, a protester from the governorate of Menoufiya, 75 km north of Cairo, told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, August 7.
"My wife is visiting the square for the first time to celebrate this very important festival," he added.
Abdel-Kawi is one of pro-Morsi supporters who have been camping in Rabaa square since the ousting of President Morsi last July 3.
Determined to have a joyful `Eid, protesters have rolled up their sleeves to prepare for a three-day festivity.
In Rabaa and Al-Nahda squares, protesters have set up makeshift bakeries with female protesters scrambling to bake cookies and biscuits, traditionally served during `Eid.
Along with the traditional ones, the cookies were inscribed with messages against military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and in support of Morsi.
Other carnivals were also planned in Nahda square.
"We would like to invite you to the Eid prayers in the square of freedom, al-Nahda," read cards distributed by the protesters on passers-by and onlookers.
The sit-in organizers promised a three-day festivity for the visitors during the `Eid marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
"There would be a puppet show, outdoor games, helium balloons, entertainment shows and quizzes," the cards read.
Egypt’s Dar Al-Ifta (House of Fatwa) has announced that Thursday, August 8, will be the start of `Eid Al-Fitr.
Egypt has been thrown into turmoil after Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was ousted by the powerful military after massive protests against his regime.
The army also suspended the constitution and instated the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court as interim president.
The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, has vowed peaceful protests until the Islamist president is reinstated.
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