Friday, August 04, 2006

A sound I never expected to hear in Amman


So, today we were sitting playing after a nice visit for lunch at Teta and Jiddo's house. The kids were having a good time with toys in the playroom. El 3atal was playing an annoying computer game and I was surfing the web. All of a sudden, I heard the strangest sound. Am I in Scotland, I thought? I was hearing the sound of bagpipes. Yes, bagpipes! It turns out that one of the girls in the building across the street is getting married today (quite a month for weddings, as El 3atal's brother is also getting married). She had a bagpipe band (is that what you call it?) on hand to serenade her family and his as they arrived at the askage (you know where the groom's family comes to the bride's house to ask for her hand and then escorts her to the church). So, the kids danced to the sound (don't worry I captured it on film to blackmail them with later) and had a great time.

After quite some time, the groom's family finally arrived. Then Mom invited them in and about a hundred people went into the house. As El 3atal noted, this woudl surely violate fire marshal regulations... Half an hour later, they all came out again to take the bride to the church. The girls very much enjoyed waving to the bride, but honestly though the dancing was more fun. It was an interesting time and a nice way to end their day of play. After they get to bed, El 3atal and I have a wedding to go to ourselves, so... signing off for now wishing you...

bagpipe dreams.

2 Comments:

At 11:02 AM , Blogger Omernos said...

YAY! I'm glad you got a glimpse of the celebrations in Amman,
the instrument is called "GERBEH" in Arabic, or rather, Jordanian.

It's good you got the videotape
you never know when it might come in handy!
*evil grin*
hehehe

I'm a new visitor to your blog! :D

omar

 
At 5:08 AM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Welcome Omar, glad you found my blog and I hope you enjoy it. It was quite nice to have a celebration right across the street. Especially since we had to miss the askage (Jaaha, if I have it right) for the wedding we were going to. My brother-in-law is getting married this Friday, so that should prove to be quite entertaining as well.

 

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