Culture

07.10.2019

Pomegranate Harvest Season

Posted by : Abdullah A Yahmadi

People are preparing to harvest pomegranate fruits from different villages in Jabal Al-Akhdar during the last third of August and continue until the end of September, the peak is always in mid of September. The number of trees is estimated at about 27 thousand distributed over various villages. It produces about 645 tons of fruits .its considered one of the most important fruit trees in terms of economic feasibility and agricultural area in the mountain.

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11.08.2019

Khanjar of Oman

Posted by : Ahmed Al Harthi

Omani men are known for their pride and hardness. They have taken the dagger (Khanjar) as their slogan. The Omani dagger is the best proof of the Omani men's ingenuity in their designs, and the inscriptions in addition to the Omani dagger means a lot to the Omani men.

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07.08.2019

Omani Coffee

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

You haven’t experienced real Omani culture until you’ve been invited to the Omani Qahwa. Yes, this unique word means coffee, but there is so much more to it than a simple cup of brown, hot drink. It is a complete course of hospitality that reflects the exceptional essence of Omani heritage. Here are all the distinctive wonders you need to know about this splendid culture of Qahwa.

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15.07.2019

Falaj Irrigation System

Posted by : Raya Al Maskari

A falaj in Oman refers to water that runs through a channel dug in the earth. The source of falaj water is groundwater found in the subsoil or valleys. The falaj is an original Omani irrigation system, deep-rooted in the country’s land and history.

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03.06.2019

Laylat Al Qader (The Night Of Decree)

Posted by : Attifa Al Maskari

Laylat Alqader , the night in which God began the revelation of the Quran, it is in one of Ramadaan nights, the individual nights specifically from the 21st to the 29th. Muslims also believe that the first verses of the Holy Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad - peace be upon him.

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03.06.2019

Ediyah

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

Eidiyah is a combination of two words, Eid and Hadiyah. Which is The Islamic celebration Eid, and Gift ( Hadiyah). Basically, it means that during Eid everyone gives out gifts especially to the children and elderly.

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29.05.2019

Azwat Fanjaa

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

The feast in Fanjaa is no different from the rest of the other states in Oman, but what distinguishes it (Azwa Fnjaa), which is considered an authentic traditional heritage maintained by young people before the fervor.

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20.05.2019

Qaranqashoh

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

In this social event, children in Oman and around the Gulf celebrate Qaranqasho by wearing traditional costumes and going door-to-door through their neighbourhoods singing songs and collecting sweets and halwa.

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03.05.2019

Jabal Al Alkdhar Roses

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

Between late March and the start of May, one stretch of undulating landscape of Oman’s green mountain is laced with the roses, which provide a feast for the senses. The landscape is a spectrum of colour, and cliffs laden with roses add to the palette of shades resplendent in around 90 rose orchards.

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27.03.2019

Why Wearing Burqa

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

The style and colour of burqa vary from region to region. In Buraimi and Musandam, women wear thin, gold coloured face masks. Women in Sharqiyah and Sharqiyah Sands use the same colour, but the masks are made of thicker material. Another marked difference is that the burqa is not flat like the northern style, but forms a kind of beak in the middle. In Al Wusta region, women prefer burqas made of thick fabric.

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26.03.2019

Celestial Bodies

Posted by : Hassan Al Maqbali

Celestial Bodies by its Omani author Jokha Al Harthy, after 9 years of winning the best Omani Novel, has been longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. The novel set in Al Awabi village in Oman and it covers Oman from “a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present.”

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22.03.2019

Marriage Ritual in Oman

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

Many wonder, how are weddings organized in Oman? If you are a male foreigner. then you’d have a hard time finding out since men “in general” are not included in weddings as much as women are.

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16.03.2019

Hol Hol

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

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.

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11.02.2019

Al Mughayyad Art

Posted by : Eman Al Maskari

It's mostly used to congratulate the bride on her wedding

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19.01.2019

Omani DIY Beauty Tricks

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

Omani women have been using home beauty tricks for centuries. Until today, some of those tricks are still used! Not just at home, some parts of town, it is used in salons and beauty centres as well. It's hard to convince the majority into the new chemical world when you can always have everything natural and safe.

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16.01.2019

Coffee and The Rock

Posted by : Eman Al Maskari

In Siyak village, which is located in Wadi Bani Khalid, the villagers still gather under this uniquely shaped rock, on various occasions -up to this very day. The other unique quality of this rock is the engravings and writings that ages back to centuries.

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07.01.2019

Omani Top 12 Home Remedies

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

Just like in many cultures around the world, Omanis depend mostly on herbs, seeds, fruits and other natural ingredients as their home remedies solution. Until today, not many depend on conventional medicine, believing it is harmful over the long- term.

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01.01.2019

Deterring Extremist Thought

Posted by : Attifa Al Maskari

Terrorism and extremism thoughts have been away from Oman due to the combination of geographical, historical, cultural and political factors. Nonetheless, the most important factor is the awareness of Omani political, cultural and religious elites, they are bound by the basic principles of accepting the others and being able to live peacefully together.

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05.12.2018

The Intangible Cultural Heritage in Oman

Posted by : Attifa Al Maskari

Recently, Oman has announced the registration of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the country's most famous horse and camel ardhah on its cultural heritage list.

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27.09.2018

Frankincense of Oman

Posted by : Hassan Al Maqbali

The trade of frankincense had flourished for centuries and several civilizations and ports bloomed as a result of being main points of trading frankincense. One of these cities is Dhofar and its historical port; Samahram. This port had been for centuries the most important for frankincense in the area. Many famous historical figures imported this aromatic gum from Samahram including Alexander the Great. Abdul Qadir Al Ghassani, an Omani researcher, mentioned in one of his books that Alexander the Great had imported huge quantities of Frankincense from Arab lands.

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13.09.2018

Traditional Sports

Posted by : Hassan Al Maqbali

The traditional games reflect the cultures of the people, where they are influenced by the environment in which they are practised and they affect their environment as well, these games have their followers, fans and enthusiasts. Governments around the world encourage and support their local traditional games in order to preserve the national identity, preventing their disappearance in the modern technological boom and the influence globalization.

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05.09.2018

Grapes Kicks-Off

Posted by : Ahmed Al Harthi

It is the season of the grapes returns in Oman. As the grapes fruitage kicks off in the Niyabat of Jabal al Akhdar in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate, farmers are gearing up to sell their products in the markets.

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29.08.2018

Omani Traditional Female Dress

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

There are various types of women's costumes that differs from one region to another, though they are common in three basic pieces: * The headscarf (lissu - fattah) * The dress * The pants

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23.08.2018

Habta - Ancient Sultanate’s Legacy

Posted by : Iman Al Maskari

Habta activities cover every aspect of Eid preparation as livestock, vegetables, fruits, children toys, and other house hold items. People usually love to travel from one Wilayat to the other to attend Habta and to buy livestocks at auction. A calling is done for selling goats, cows, sheep and camels at auction providing a memorable scenario to enjoy this ancient legacy. Habta markets start after the Sunrise and continue till 11 AM and sometimes continues after that. The most loving part is an auction starting from Sheep or goat calling and after the auction calling for cows and camels.

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27.06.2018

Tabseel

Posted by : Hasan Al Muqbali

Some of these traditions are related to particular crops, and is considered part of the harvesting process. Oman is a country with several such traditions, a famous seasonal traditions is Tabseel; the tradition of boiling Bisr, yellow dates.

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17.06.2018

Razha

Posted by : Hasan Al Muqbali

Every Society has its own traditions that have been inherited from their ancestors. These traditions differ in their meaning and many of them are seasonal or related to certain events. One of the most famous and oldest traditions all across Oman is know as Raz’ha..

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13.06.2018

Omani Eid

Posted by : Hasan Al Muqbali

Greetings usually takes place from family then relatives and neighbors. The common greeting used around the world is asking for forgiveness from people for any thing done intentionally or not and wishing each other to witness the coming Eid in good health.

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11.06.2018

Habta Market In Sorur

Posted by : Hasan Al Muqbali & Abdullah Al a Yahmadi

Scenes from today’s traditional market of Al Habta in Suroor, located in Al Dakhilyia Governorate

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08.06.2018

Al Habta, Oman’s Seasonal Market

Posted by : Raya Al Maskari

Like every pre holiday season markets flourish with various types of products that differ from one season to another, in Islamic worlds there are several markets, some are permanent and others are seasonal.

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31.05.2018

The Spiritual month of Ramadhan

Posted by : Raya Almaskari

Like most Muslim countries, Ramadhan is the month where fasting takes place from sunrise (al Fajer) to sunset (Al Maghreb) .

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