Tha man on the left at this hotel desk in Jeddah is a religious pilgrim. All Muslims are required to make a religious pilgrimmage called Hajj during a specific time of the year to Makkah at least once in their lifetime, if they are able to. There are many ritualistic tasks that the pilgrims must perform, such as circling the Kaaba stone and symbolically stoning the devil. Many Muslims also travel to the holy city of Makkah at other times of the year as well and perform the same tasks. This pilgrimmage is called Omra. When men travel to Makkah for the pilgrimmage, they wear two large pieces of seamless white cloth wrapped around their bodies. Women are only required to dress modestly. On most flights into Jeddah, it is not uncommon to see many men pilgrims wearing the white cloths during the flight.
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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. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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