|From the Al Ain Zoo|
|This one didn't want to go back to his handler and held the show up for a while.|
|All of the school kids lined the street to see the parade...this was a National Day slash recruitment event.|
|This is a women's traditonal Dance. They swing their hair from side to side|
while swaying to the beat of the drums. There is very little movement and,
as dance and music are not allowed in Islamic culture, it seems to be done
only at home.
|These girls cooked and brought in food to sell.|
I bought the traditional clothes to wear for the day and had fun. The outer black cloak is called an Abayah, the head scarf is called a sheyla and the inner dress is called a Kandora. Here I am getting the tradional Henna done on my hand by one of our students.
I'm glad that I wore the traditional clothes for the day because I feel like I understand my student a bit better now. They walk very slowly which is quite irritating but I discovered that it's impossible to walk quickly in these clothes so now I think I'll be more understanding with them.
|With the traditional berka on my face|
I also made a cake for the day in the shape of a UAE traditional fort. Red velvet, French vanila and dark chocolate layers to simulate the colors of the flag.