Jeddah is a stunning region in the wondrous Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The city is saturated with multiple cultures that come together every year with various customs and traditions during festive holidays and events.
Various local souqs have begun sprouting throughout the city, the traditions of celebrating the oncoming festival that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which is known as Eid Ul Fitr is also underway.
Jeddah’s historic Al-Balad district celebrates Eid Ul Fitr with customary enthusiasm and numerous cultural activities.
To welcome the Eid festivities, citizens of these neighbourhoods come together to hang the decorations along with preparing public streets and areas for traditional activities; which may vary from folk singing and cultural games to giving a variety of presents and visitations among neighbours, families and friends.
These Eid celebrations in Jeddah, cater to all ages, have continued to carry on the historic celebrations and practices from generations ago. They also reflect the Saudi heritage and culture.
From Al-Nazla to Hindawiya and Al-Kandara to Al-Ammariya, people from all these old historic neighbourhoods come together to organise and participate in the folk dances, songs and traditional games as mentioned above. The role of Jeddah municipality and volunteer teams are a support in helping to organise these activities which aim to maintain cultural traditions.
Youth volunteers collect money from residents during Ramadan to carry out various activities during Eid, and coordinate with specialised organisations to prepare various sites, with cooks to prepare dishes, and with cultural groups to lead traditional activities and games over the three days of Eid Ul Fitr.
Some popular games among children include Al-Asfoor, Al-Maekeera and Al-Daa.
These celebrations in old Jeddah attract both residents and visitors of these neighbourhoods due to their unique and traditional cultural elements. These festivities, also organised and supervised by Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage, which is also referred to as SCTNH. This helps to unite members of these communities who come together to celebrate the festivities and remember the history and culture of these neighbourhoods.
The heads of different neighbourhoods follow up on these activities and encourage youth to participate regularly in these unique cultural traditions.
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