Colors of Kalash: 5 lovely images of beautiful Kalash girls

The Kalash tribe in Pakistan is perhaps the smallest but one of the most magnificent ethnic groups of Pakistan in terms of their rich and distinguished cultural background. Kalash tribe is well known for their unique customs and traditions. Geographically their area is known as Kafiristan which is actually a splendid valley zone in the district of Chitral in Khyber Pakhtun Khuwah province.The people of Kalash commonly known as Kalasha are so unique who belong to Indo Aryan community. They speak Kalash language and are scattered in the three valleys namely Birir, Bumburet and Rumbur in Kafirastan.

Look at these splendid colors of Kalash. 5 lovely images of beautiful Kalash girls

Kalasha girls sorting out beaded jewellery - Image (by manalahmadkhan)

Kalasha girls sorting out beaded jewellery – Image (by manalahmadkhan)

Kalash girls in a magnificent pose - Photo by groundreporter

Kalash girls in a magnificent pose – Photo by groundreporter

Kalash women dancing during their annual festival - Image by groundreporter

Kalash women dancing during their annual festival – Image by groundreporter

Kalash girls ready for festival dance - Photo by groundreporter

Kalash girls ready for festival dance – Photo by groundreporter

Kalash girls enthusiast - For folk dance - An image by groundreporter on flickr

Kalash girls enthusiast – For folk dance – An image by groundreporter on flickr

 

 

 

 

Traditional dress of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Without any prejudice and regardless of their conservative approach, the Saudi people are generally very hospitable and benevolent. They possess a very rich cultural heritage full of tremendous Bedouin traditions. Although the oil wealth has brought enormous and luxurious change in their lifestyles but even then, the Saudis have taken their symbolic values, customs and traditions with pride. The Saudis are so traditional. Apart from the western influence, you’ll generally find them wearing their classic and conventional costumes.

Saudi boys in a brilliant dancing pose - Image by Tribes of the World

Saudi boys in a brilliant dancing pose – Image by Tribes of the World

If we say that the traditional dress of Saudi Arabia truly reflects the Kingdom’s culture, it would not be wrong.

A Saudi kid - Very cute in his traditional attire - Image by Ahmed.Abdullah

A Saudi kid – Very cute in his traditional attire – Image by Ahmed.Abdullah

For the rest of the world, the traditional dress code of Saudi Arabia might be bourgeois and conservative but in fact it is fully conversant with the Kingdom’s harsh climate. The traditional dress for Saudi men consists of a usually white colored Thobe which is normally very well ironed. Thobe may also be spelled as Thawb and it is actually an ankle length garment usually with long sleeves in a tunic shape. During summer, white thobes are commonly seen and during winter, the Saudis prefer to wear wool thobes usually in bright colors.

Saudi men in their traditional thobes enjoting wedding feast - Image by Tribes of the World

Saudi men in their traditional thobes enjoting wedding feast – Image by Tribes of the World

Let’s not forget that the headdress is the significant part of the traditional Saudi attire for men. The Saudi men’s headdress consists of Tagia “a small white cap that keeps the gutra tight”, the Gutra which is a large square cloth made of cotton and traditionally it is worn a white or red one or in checked contrasts. Igal or Agal is the third part of the Saudi men’s headdress which is necessary to keep the whole thing in place. Igal may be black cord or worn doubled.

A Saudi man wearing a sophisticated Bisht - The phot is owned by Hues of Heather

A Saudi man wearing a sophisticated Bisht – The phot is owned by Hues of Heather

In the festive occasions and wedding ceremonies, the Saudi men for the matter of pride and prestige also wear Bisht and It is essentially a flowing outer cloak made of wool, worn over the Thobe. Sometimes Bisht is long white, brown or black cloaks trimmed in gold.

Traditionally veiled Saudi women (Saudi Arabia's Independence Day in Riyadh) - Photo by Tribes of the World

Traditionally veiled Saudi women (Saudi Arabia’s Independence Day in Riyadh) – Photo by Tribes of the World

Saudi women are very fashionable but they don’t appear in public in showy and customary manner like women of the rest of the world. Their dress code like men is also governed by Sharia law and the traditional dress for Saudi women includes Abayah along with Scarf.

Abaya - In different exotic desings - A photo by Lars Plougmann

Abaya – In different exotic desings – A photo by Lars Plougmann

This dress code covers the entire body and the veil covers the head and hair but the face is normally open and visible. Abayah comes in different styles and adorned with embellished patterns these days. Abayah is usually a black and tunic cloak and beneath which, the Saudi women enjoy modern clothing and take great pride in their appearance. They enjoy bright colours and lavish material.

Saudi women traditionally wear a shayla – a black, gauzy scarf - Image by Flood on flickr

Saudi women traditionally wear a shayla – a black, gauzy scarf – Image by Flood on flickr

The scarves of the Saudi women are also worth seen. Some Saudi women wear scarves made of sheer material. It must be remembered that wearing veil is a thousands of years old traditions even before the advent of Islam in this region. This is also a natural way to protect the skin and eyes from the brutal sun and prevents the constant exposure to sun. After Islam, the scarf also became a symbol of decency and character for the women of Saudi Arabia.

SAUDI WOMAN WITH HER JEWELRY - PHOTO by Nouf AL Kinani نوف ال كناني

SAUDI WOMAN WITH HER JEWELRY – PHOTO by Nouf AL Kinani نوف ال كناني

The traditional jewelry for Saudi women is usually made of silver and gold. Saudi women are crazy for their personal decoration and wear the jewelry as a symbol of dignity and self-respect.  For Bedouin women, their jewelry is not only of special importance but it is a matter of social and economic status. The modern Saudi women nowadays prefer gold over silver and lighter-weight pieces unlike their grandmothers who loved the large and heavy ones. Saudi Children also wear jewelry that contains silver bracelets or anklets, most often trimmed with tiny bells.

Saudi Women playing socce - Photo by Aslan Media on flickr

Saudi Women playing socce – Photo by Aslan Media on flickr

Things are rapidly changing with the passage of times. The Saudi youth are nowadays normally seen in modern costumes in their casual affairs. The typical traditional dress of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is gradually becoming a part of either official affairs or the segment of the formal folklore.

FOLK DANCERS  Their traditional costumes - Photo by puthoOr photOgraphy

FOLK DANCERS Their traditional costumes – Photo by puthoOr photOgraphy

Now in the Saudi Folklore like folk dances, the performers wear the traditional dresses. “Al Ardah” is a type of folkloric dance in Saudi Arabia. Originally, the “al ardah” was performed only by the Shammar tribe of the central Nejd region before going to war, but nowadays it is done at celebrations or cultural events by all tribes.

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Coconut octopus of the Pacific ocean is an astonishing creature

Coconut octopus of the Pacific ocean is an astonishing creature

Cyrine Abdelnour: A classy and gorgeous Arab diva of Lebanon

Cyrine Abdelnour is a classy and gorgeous Arab diva of Lebanon who was Born in Abbadieh, and she is extremely popular as a Model, Singer and an Actress. She was born on February 21, 1977 and firstly she was emerged as a model in 1992 in the fashion industry. Very soon, Cyrine Abdelnour became the leading Arab celebrity and became popular through out the Middle eastern world. Cyrine Abdelnour during her fashion career modeled for Feliciana Rossi, Zuhair Murad, Abed Mahfouz, Renato Balestra, Mireille Dagher, and Thierry Mugler. In 2002,  Abdelnour was awarded the title “Model of the World” at the Regency Palace Hotel in Beirut.

Cyrine from Lebanon in an exotic and sizzling pose - She is popular model in the Arab world

Cyrine from Lebanon in an exotic and sizzling pose – She is popular model in the Arab world

Cyrine Abdelnour started her acting career in 1998 when she had her first roles with the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation in Smaa Kchaa (1998) and Sahat Sahteen (1999). In 2003 she was assigned to perform in the Arabic series Dareb Khwet as Ebanati and Cyrine won the 2003 Murez d’Or award for best Lebanese actress for the role. She played another leading role in the series Mariana. In 2004 she starred in the serial Ghariba, and in 2007 the LBC series The Prisoner. In 2009–2010 she played “Sarah” again, another Series on MTV Leb.

The glamorous Cyrine from Lebanon in a singing performance

The glamorous Cyrine from Lebanon in a singing performance

The story never ended over here and Cyrine Abdelnour released her first music album in 2004 “Leila Min Al Layali” and that became a mega hit. Cyrine Abdelnour’s first single performance also lead her to obtain the best title of the year. She further released in 2006 “Aalik Ouyouni” and in 2009 “Layali Al Hob” under the label Rotana. Her song “Habaybi” in 2013 was shot as a video clip under the direction of Angy Akly Jammal. Cyrine also participated in the reality show “Bila Houdoud” and also “Siret Hob (2014)” the series.

The charming and gorgeous Cyrine Abdelnour - An image by rzlinadeleon

The charming and gorgeous Cyrine Abdelnour – An image by rzlinadeleon

Cyrine Abdelnour is specially known for the 2008 Egyptian film Ramadan Mabrouk Abul-Alamein Hamouda and the Lebanese-Egyptian Smoke Without Fire. This classy and gorgeous Arab diva is ruling in the hearts of Arab people for the last 2 decades due to her glamorous and charismatic appearances in all prominent spheres of showbiz. 

Save Silky Sifaka of Madagascar: The threatened large lemur

Diversified landscape of Madagascar which has remained far from the human intervention for millions of years, has become the source of tremendous and unique flora and fauna on the planet earth. We time to time add posts related to the landscape, flora and fauna of Madagascar and today we’ll also tell you about another distinctive lemur which is known as Silky Sifaka or Silky Simpona. This large and silky white lemur is native to the Northeastern Madagascar and it is listed as the world’s most critically endangered primates of the lovely planet by IUCN. The species is only found within a few protected areas in the rainforests of northeastern Madagascar, with the majority of the remaining population in Marojejy National Park and Anjanaharbic-Sud Special Reserve.

Silky Sifaka - An image by muzzanese

Silky Sifaka – An image by muzzanese

Silky sifaka weighs between 11 and 14 pounds and measures up to three-and-a-half-feet long. The most attractive feature of Silky Sifaka is obviously its long and white fur having silky texture. Not all individuals are completely white: some have silver-gray or black tints on the crown, back, and limbs. The base of the tail (“pygal region”) can be yellow. The ears and face are hairless, and the skin may be a mix of pink and black, completely black, or completely pink. The tips of the ears protrude slightly above the fur on the rest of the head.Its eyes have a deep orange-red coloration. 

Save the landscape of Silky Sifaka of Madagascar: The threatened large lemur

Save the landscape of Silky Sifaka of Madagascar: The threatened large lemur

According to some studies, the silky sifaka spends most of its day resting and feeding (approximately 44.4% and 25% respectively). It also devotes approximately 16.8% of the day to social behavior, such as personal and social grooming and play. The rest of the day is spent traveling and sleeping. The silky sifaka’s diet is similar to that of other eastern rainforest sifakas, consisting primarily of leaves and seeds. It is highly varied and includes many plant species. Like all other lemurs, the silky sifaka is a seasonal breeder and it is thought that it mates only one day a year during the start of the rainy season sometime in December or January. Infants are born six months later in June or July. Females typically give birth to a single infant once every two years, although births in consecutive years have been observed. 

Silky Sifaka or Silky Simpona - A truely endangered species on earth

Silky Sifaka or Silky Simpona – A truely endangered species on earth

We the people of the lovely planet are the biggest threat to this large lemur. Some of us hunt the threatened lemur for food. Others are involeved in burning their forest habitat to make room for rice fields. Time is to save Silky Sifaka of Madagascar from loggers also who destroy their natural habitat when they cut down, illegally, valuable rosewood trees. Its population size is estimated to range between 100 and 1,000 individuals, while the number of mature individuals is thought to be less than 250.