1597, Section: Culture
Published on 17 June 2013 by Sara Al-Zawqari in Culture
I hope whoever is reading this now is not chewing qat.
If you don’t know what qat is, let me give you a brief introduction. Qat is the son of plants, he’s lettuce’s cousin, and spinaches’ wicked brother! Qat is the green leaf that is chewed and stored in your left cheek if you are a pro, in your right cheek if you are a beginner, and in both sides if you are a dinosaur.
Published on 17 June 2013 by Samar Qaed in Culture
Mohammed Al-Shosha looks up to the sky, hoping that rain is on its way.
He says that with each day, his garden becomes more parched. It’s not like it was in the past, he says. He remembers how green and verdant this space used to be, when his father handed it down to him 30 years ago.
Published on 10 June 2013 by Sara Al-Zawqari in Culture
Have you noticed that when parents attempt to hit their children, grandparents defend the kids?
“Hitting isn’t a good way to bring up kids,” they say. Grandparents are adorable, but have they forgotten the days when they hit our mothers and fathers?
Published on 6 June 2013 by Ali Abulohoom in Culture
In Yemen, a weapon is a symbol of manhood, power and pride.
Traditionally, it was just the curved dagger, the jambiya, that held this significant position, a symbol of virility and strength.
Published on 3 June 2013 by Sara Al-Zawqari in Culture
Travelling in a Yemeni plane is an exceptional experience.
You can’t get on without seeing an argument about seats. There is always a family that wants to sit together, even if they haven’t booked the seats together beforehand. They stand in the airplane corridor refusing to budge, and people behind them wait until the dilemma is over.
Published on 3 June 2013 by Amal Al-Yarisi in Culture
There are hundreds of superstitions in Yemen, passed down through the generations—a kind of living folk history of the country.
Published on 27 May 2013 by Sarah Al-Zawqari in Culture
The benefits of walking are numerous. Walking boosts the blood circulation, prevents the risk of heart attack, strengthens bones and muscles, boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure and decreases cholesterol.
Published on 27 May 2013 by Ryam Al-Qadi in Culture
Outside the Kunuz Educa- tional and Vocational Center in the Al-Noor neighborhood on Taiz Street, children play outside, but inside the building some serious work is going on.
Published on 23 May 2013 by Samar Qaed in Culture
Prior to unification, the North and the South of Yemen had completely different cultures. What happened when the country became one? Have the cultures butted against each other, intermingled or integrated into one coherent whole since unity?
Published on 20 May 2013 by Sarah Al-Zawqari in Culture
If your kids are bored, there’s no need to take them to a theme park. All you have to do is put them in the car, put their seat belts on and cruise around the city.