100-year-old customs preserved by the people of Hail

Despite the disappearance of many social traditions and customs in the past, and many people abandoned them in societies in many cities and governorates in light of urban expansion and the movement of citizens from villages that are more interconnected among their residents to major cities, and from old neighborhoods to new ones, most of which lack familiarity and communication Among the neighbors, however, the people of Hail were keen to adhere to their ancient and well-established values ​​and social customs that they inherited from father to grandfather, especially during the blessed Eid al-Fitr season, trying to preserve the beautiful time that their parents and grandparents lived during the days of Eid.

Where the streets of neighborhoods in Hail witnessed the spread of dining tables that compete to be served by neighborhood women from the first morning until 11 am. It is a point where the neighbors gather, where they meet at these tables and exchange congratulations and blessings on the blessed Eid al-Fitr and eat the Eid meals. After breakfast, the meetings move from the streets to the middle of the houses, where the people of the neighborhood exchange visits and have coffee and sweets in the houses until midnight.

Saleh bin Ayed Al-Huwail, a resident of the Aja neighborhood in the city of Hail, confirmed that “these customs were inherited from father to grandfather in the old neighborhoods of Hail more than 100 years ago and moved with us to the new neighborhoods. In the center of the neighborhood, coffee and tea are prepared early in front of one of the neighbors’ houses, and all the residents of the neighborhood participate in it, unlike the Eid table, which is prepared by housewives early.” He added that food tables are served on the first morning of Eid in the street amid the meeting of all the neighborhood’s residents, noting that “the meeting continues until It is around 11 and then we exchange visits with relatives and friends in other neighborhoods until midnight.”

Ibrahim Al-Ghazi said: “These customs on Eid Al-Fitr are a beautiful custom inherited from parents and grandparents, in which there is intimacy, love and interdependence between neighbors. Everyone meets on this day, and God willing, it will continue and we will pass it on to our children.”

Ateeq Al-Shakhir (70 years old) stated that the meeting of neighbors on this blessed day is an annual custom made famous by the people of Hail, a metropolis and a desert, in which all neighbors meet at one table and exchange congratulations on Eid, pointing out that “in the past, in mud houses we adhered to this custom, as everyone brought to the street. He took his table from his home without being restricted to a specific type,” explaining, “despite the fact that the atmosphere of the present feast is completely different from the past.”

Ibrahim Al-Shair emphasized that the custom of gatherings on the blessed Eid Al-Fitr is a benign custom that has a special luster that has been inherited from fathers and grandfathers for many centuries, and many families preserve it, and God willing, we will pass it on to our children and grandchildren.

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