Orange Leaves, noun phrase

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See quotation 1970.
In the phrase Feast of the Orange Leaves, a festival celebrated among Cape Muslims, at which sweet-smelling sachets are prepared in celebration of the birthday of the prophet Muhammad; rampi-sny, see rampi sense b. Also Festival of the Orange Leaves.
1944 I.D. Du Plessis Cape Malays 14Moulidu ’n-Nabi (birthday of the Prophet), which falls on the 12th day of Rabi-’u’l-auwal, but which may be celebrated at any time provided the necessary preparation is made. In connection with this the Feast of the Orange Leaves is held.
1970 Cape Times 18 MayMoslem women and girls dressed in their best finery yesterday observed Mohammed’s birthday with the traditional Feast of the Orange Leaves...They spent the afternoon till sunset cutting up orange leaves on small boards, using special knives. The pieces were put on trays and sprinkled with rare oils.
1971 L.G. Green Taste of S.-Easter 138Only during the Feast of the Orange Leaves (in honour of the Prophet’s birthday) do the women take part in the service.
1979 Heard & Faull Our Best Trad. Recipes 106At the Feast of the Orange Leaves Malays usually serve delicious little sponge cakes topped with green and lemon curd.
1989 T. Botha in Style Dec. 161One of the best-known celebrations, the Festival of the Orange Leaves, is not Islam but an animistic form of worship brought from Indonesia which, according to Davids, is practised only in the Cape.
a festival celebrated among Cape Muslims, at which sweet-smelling sachets are prepared in celebration of the birthday of the prophet Muhammad; rampi-sny, see rampib. Also Festival of the Orange Leaves.
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