Culture of Eastern Arabia
Qarqe'an is an semiannual celebration, observed in Eastern Arabia, that takes place on the 15th night of Sha'ban
and on the 15th night of Ramadan
. Qarqe'an is marked with children dressing in traditional attire and going door-to-door to receive sweets
from neighbours, whilst also singing traditional songs. The tradition has existed for hundreds of years and deeply rooted in Gulf culture.
Although the celebration of Qarqe'an shares superficial similarities with the Halloween
custom of trick-or-treating
, practiced in some western countries, Qarqe'an has no connection with horror and no associated origin with Halloween.
Traditional instruments include the Oud
, along with a variety of drums
and the manjur
. The Tanbūra
lyre is also used.
Due to the seafaring nature of the Arabs along the eastern Arabian coast, seafood forms the major part of the cuisine of the region. Camel meat and milk also forms a basic staple for all the population, most prominently for bedouins
who used to usually breed and sell camels to the rest of the population. Dates are usually consumed as snacks in between meals or offered to guests alongside Arabic coffee in the majlis. Other basic meals are rice and meat, chicken, and strained yogurt
. Seafood diet is various with multiple ways to prepare fish for consumption. Squids, oysters, crabs, as well as shrimps all form basic staple food for the coastal Arabs. Harees
is also a popular dish in the majority of eastern Arabian households.
, a commonly worn dagger in Oman (c.
The dress of the region includes long Thobe
(also called Dishdasha) for men, Bisht
Traditional transport in the region includes boats such as Dhows
Other cultural features
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