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Asian Games Doha 2006 || OC || The Trading Ship - The Wedding (Umm Al Hanaya)

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Published on Dec 15, 2010

Far away in Asia, the Seeker feels a great sadness, and seems to hear distant voices calling him home. His new friends help him build a great ship in which he can sail back to his family. So rich and beautiful is this new ship that he calls it Umm Al-Hanaya, Mother of Abundance.

Unlike many Gulf traditions that are common to most Gulf communities, Umm Al-Hanaya is a specifically Qatari tradition. Meaning 'mother of abundance', and sung in an archaic Qatari dialect, it tells of a real ship -- although the stories differ depending on who is telling the tale. To some she is a great 19th century trading ship, to others a pearling vessel -- but all agree that her annual return from her travels was an occasion for great joy and celebration. Umm Al-Hanaya is one of the most beloved -- and evocative -- Qatari folk melodies.

The Seeker sets sail for home, where he receives a hero's welcome. Wedding preperations begin and the Seeker invites his friends to the celebrations that will follow.

The music changes to a cheerful dezza, a Qatari style of music played during traditional weddings and particularly at the point when the bridegroom's family brings the bride's trousseau to her father's house. In Arab weddings, men and women celebrate seperately, but here our cast joins together on the arena floor.

Weddings are the most important social occasions in Qatari society, usually lasting several days. Women wear their finest clothes and jewellery, with the brife the most resplendent of all. Unlike the bridal trousseau, which is paid for by the bride's dowry, the bride's extravagant shebka, a complete matching set of jewellery made especially for the occasion, is a present from her husband-to-be.

Note: Umm Al Hanaya means ''Mother of Abundance'' on arabic.




I'm sorry for the average quality, i'll try to find a better quality video in the future.

PS: Video originaly uploaded in Tudou, credits to the original footage. I do not claim ownership of this video or event, just published for entertaining purposes.

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