Arab Culture Tag

The Dance Known as Dabke

If you’re invited to a wedding or graduation in the Levant, chances are that you will be invited for dabke. The dabke is an Arabic folk dance that started in the mountainous regions of the Levant. Legend has it, people used to live in houses made of tree branches and mud. As happens, mud changes in temperature and humidity or just generally when there’s bad weather, it cracks....

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From Ancient Egypt to modern day Cairo, find out what makes Henna Night so special for Egyptian brides-to-be

A great way to immerse yourself in Arab culture is by learning the language. This is the time of the year when most people are talking about the holidays. Also, some cultures see December as a lucky month to be a bride. Thus, today’s subject is going to be on the Egyptian tradition of Henna Night (ليلة الحنة / leelit ilhenna). So what does the Henna Night...

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We sure are excited about today’s article on the ululations!

It’s that time of the year again when wedding bells start ringing out all round the world. Well, that is, unless you live in the Arab world. There it’s that time of year when the zaghrootah (زغروتة) start trilling out throughout the region ululation. “So, what is the zaghrootah?” you might ask. It’s a kind of a long, wavering, shrill of joy created by making a high-pitched,...

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If you’re having a baby, here are some basic Arabic words to help you navigate when having a new baby in an Arabic-speaking country.

So, you’re having a new baby! Allah yija’alu min ithurriyyah isalha or “May God make it a good/worthy offspring!”. Having a new baby is a very exciting step for you and your spouse. If you live in one of the Arabic speaking countries, knowing how to speak Arabic phrases when having a new baby helps you navigate the city. Of course, while pregnant, you and your...

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Have a taste of what Arab Culture means and check out this article about these popular Arabic sayings, when to use them and what they mean

Proverbs are a fabulous way to gain insight into the life of other cultures. Not only that, you can see how much philosophy is shared between cultures, and how common sayings in one culture manifest in others, and vice versa. Plus, this is one of the unique aspects of the ideas, customs and social behavior of a particular society. Arab culture in particular has a...

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Arab culture has its own traditions, like the ones for an Arabic wedding or for baptism in Arabic countries. Check this article for Arabic customs

The customs of Arab culture are unique and vast. This makes sense since the Arab world is made up of 22 countries. Arabic language and Muslim faith are dominant in the Arab population. However, the Arab World experiences a certain amount of diversity. Several languages are spoken in the territories of the 22 countries. For example, Darija is a language spoken in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia....

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Arabs have their own way of eating Arabic food, it's part of Arab culture. When you learn Arabic language, you will surely catch these customs.

The late American chef, world traveler, raconteur and foodie Anthony Bourdain once said, “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together”. No words could ring more true if you are studying Arabic and want to learn more about the culture. Arabs are known for their hospitality, that's for sure. In fact, they will invite you for a meal, either at a...

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