Fashion & Clothes

The Sahraoui society in the Southern Provinces of the Kingdom of Morocco has some unique and distinctive habits, traditions, and ceremonies. Some of these are related to the various aspects of social life such as birth, `Aqeeqah (the Sacrifice of Atonement celebrated on the seventh day after the birth of a baby); circumcision of male children –which is called At-Taharah by the Sahraouis—engagement; marriage, divorce; death, and burial. Other ceremonies are related to religious festivals and (sacred) months, such as `Eid al-Fitr (the Break of the Fast Feast), `Eid Al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice), the revered months of Sha`bane and Ramadhan (the month of fasting).

Besides, there are other habits relating to the arts of traditional cooking, popular foods and drinks, and traditional dressing –including the Malhafah (which is worn by the women in the Sahara) and the Dara`ah, which is worn by the men.

There exist several other rituals and traditions pertaining to hospitality, entertainment, home-making (whether the dwelling is the tradition Kheimah or tent or the modern home), child rearing, education, the etiquette of relations with others, the spirit of solidarity, the treatment of cattle and other animals, especially and most notably the camel (that distinctive companion and the vessel of the desert which never tires, sags under any tasks, or betrays the Sahraoui people no matter what the conditions may be).

 


    
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