Category Archives: Celebrations

Little Lamb Lot

This is a temporary lot set up to sell lambs for a religious holiday celebration, somewhat along the lines of fireworks lots for the 4th of July or Christmas tree lots in December. Ramadan is when all Muslims fast during … Continue reading

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Wedding Favor: Clove Box

Most wedding favors, if they even make it home, wind up in the trash or given to the maids here. They are usually not appreciated or wanted, generally serve no practical purpose, and might be considered mere dust collectors. A … Continue reading

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Henna

Many times here in Saudi Arabia I have seen men with obviously colored hair or beards. The colors vary and can be anywhere from black to brown, but by far the most commonly seen shades are clearly those unsubtle and … Continue reading

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Little Lamb Lots

Ramadan is the month each year when Muslims worldwide fast from sun up to sun down as required by one of the five pillars of Islam. When it concludes, there is a three day celebration called Eid when food and … Continue reading

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Pilgrimmage thru Mountain Layers

Most of the vehicles on this highway are traveling from Madinah to Makkah/Mecca and are carrying religious pilgrims who are fulfilling the Islamic once in a lifetime requirement of all able bodied Muslims – to perform Hajj. The Hajj happens … Continue reading

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Let’s Party!

Meat dishes served at a lavish party, these are chicken kabobs in the front and grilled chicken pieces in the back, both beautifully garnished.

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What to Wear?

This shop is similar to droves of fancy dress shops in Jeddah.  Women dress to impress when they go to weddings here, and these elegant Academy Award type dresses are typical of what is worn to these affairs.

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Feast for Women Only

Yummy food served at a house party in Jeddah for women only recently, includes lamb and rice, sambuseks, salad, and stuffed grape leaves.

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Henna Hand Art

Henna art sketched freeform on a woman’s hand is a popular custom in Saudi Arabia. Henna gel was squeezed out of a tube and drawn into delicate floral designs on the backhand and the fingers as a party favor during … Continue reading

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Saudi Wedding Display

This colorful display of various trinkets and traditional Bedouin jewelry sits atop a table in the lobby right outside the main entrance to the ballroom where a Saudi wedding takes place. It represents gifts to the bride upon her marriage. … Continue reading

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