Have you been to a traditional Omani birthday party before? If not, you are missing out. Those birthday parties are called Hol, Hol. But, it is a most significant celebration for a baby that just turned 1 year old, normally for other older kids, it's just a birthday party.
The first birthday is a grand celebration, in which children play a major role. The music is rhythmic. Almost anyone can sing the chorus even if they do not know the Arabic language. The chorus just says, ‘Hol, Hol’, which means ‘year’.
Children sing while showering the birthday baby with popcorn and coins. Sometimes chocolates and candy are also used.
‘Hol’ means completion of one year. These days, birthday bags are distributed among children. Usually, the baby is dressed in traditional clothes to fit the theme, and sometimes the guest too.
The mother usually stands or sits in the middle, carrying the child or keeping the little one on the lap.
Both the mother and the child are covered with ‘Lahaf’, a scarf. It serves as protection while they are being showered upon with popcorn, coins and candies.
And children rush to collect the goodies from the ground. They compete with each other for collecting the most.
Children dressed in traditional attire and accompanied by a senior person perform this tradition every day to the delight of visitors.
traditional dresses for kids and sometimes even adults, and birthday traditional decoration and everything you might need to host such party can be found in Souq Mutrah. Not to mention, Hol, Hol is normally venue at home, where it's cosy and comfortable for the child.