Also the renowned Mesir Paste was born in Manisa. The paste, which was invented due to illness of Hafsa Sultan, the wife of Sultan Selim, consists of 41 kinds of spices. When Hafsa Sultan recovered from the illness, she ordered Mesir Paste to be distributed to the
people. From that day, every year around 21th of March, mesir paste wrapped with coloured paper is distributed to the crowd around Sultan Mosque and the tradition lives on.