Oman Language is a complicated subject as the country although officially an Arabic language state does have several other native languages. Complicating things, even more, is the importance of non-native languages.
Arabic is Oman’s official language and is taught in government schools. It is a Semitic language and does have similarity to other Semitic languages such as Hebrew.
Following morning prayers on the first day of Eid the tradition for Eidiya in Oman is that children wander around to collect their gift.
Eidiya is cash, typically 100 baisa from folks like me and bigger notes from family or the rich. However the appreciation of new notes make it worth going to a bit of trouble to obtain them, so I made a request for 100 notes. Continue reading “Eidiya for distribution in Oman”
On the 14th night of Ramadhan (the middle of that month) there is a childrens celebration called ‘Qaranqashoo’ (قرنقشوه) . It traditionally was when children went knocking on the front door of neighbours houses to ask for ‘halwa’ (sweets).
Y Magazine’ s Kate Ginn rang me last week regarding the book and after a chat asked for photos. I of course expected a short piece with a photo or two. So it was fantastic to open up Y Magazine this morning and see a double page spread about the book. You can read it here http://www.y-oman.com/2013/03/heritage-hunter/ (thanks Kate)
One of my favourite images are of Oman’s Arab Horses decked out in traditional silver. Marco Polo wrote about them in his book ‘The Travels’ – “and the merchants take a great number of Arab horses to that market (of India from Al Balid)”