Amidst the women cloaked in black from head to toe and the men strolling the mall in their traditional long white thobes and red and white checkered scarves, I spied this clown walking briskly carrying a couple of shopping bags. Now the mall is ultra modern, and many of the mall customers dress like in the Dark Ages, and then there is this clown strutting through the mall on a shopping trip. It all just felt a tad surreal for me.
In the top right corner of the photo, you can see two babies in a stroller. One baby’s head has been shaved. There is an Islamic basis for this, however from what I have read, the shaving is supposed to be done when the baby is seven days old. In fact, there are several events that should occur on the baby’s seventh day of life. The baby is also supposed to be named and circumcised on that day, and an animal (sheep or goat) is also sacrificed in the baby’s honor. The hair is then to be weighed and its weight in silver is to be given to charity. It’s not a very large donation, I’m guessing!
Obviously this baby is sitting up in the stroller, so it is older than seven days. There are also discrepancies as to whether the shaving should just be performed on just boys, or on girls too. I noticed that my niece’s baby’s head was shaved at least three times that I can remember during his first year of life. I was told that it was to make his hair grow in better.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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