Nov 23, 2018

The spice of life



Each society possesses a rich culture which defines people’s values, beliefs, and personal interests. In the Algerian society, for instance, family traditions represent a critical piece of our culture, they include food rituals and celebrations to shape who we are today, identify our past and pave the way for a stable future. They can unite, strengthen community bonds and maintain a common sense of identity among a group of people. Hence, Algerian culture encompasses both significant religious and non-religious events.

Regarding non-religious events; New Year’s Eve, Algeria's national day, Anniversary of the Revolution and Independence day play a major role. Where fireworks illuminate the sky and people take a holiday; a free day to celebrate .It is usually a national matter to concern the whole community as a united entity. These are mostly common in different regions in the country, yet some slight differences of each zone may include traditional clothing and the main dishes that are served due to differences in origin, as an illustration; Arabs and Kabyles are both Algerians, yet they celebrate differently. Ultimately, other differences shed the light on religious celebrations as long as the concept remains the same .

On the other hand, Algeria observes several religious celebrations, highlighting the important Islamic festivals and commemorations such as: el Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday), Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha , and Islamic new year. In most of these events, couscous; customarily served with meat and vegetable stew, is the traditional staple. In addition to candles , sweets and tomina to decorate the tables in el Mawlid where kids gets to play with firworks and crackers .Moreover , the two ‘Eids’ where members usually buy new outfits , families get to visit each other all day long . In Eid al-Fitr mothers make delicious cookies and serve them visitors to celebrate the end of Ramadan . Al-Adha is mainly about sacrificing sheep, sharing food and caring for others .Thus, religious events are mainly about prayers, helping the poor, reciting Quran and other Islamic rituals.


In brief, we should embrace our culture through maintaining our heritage, customs, family traditions and both religious and non-religious events. Each of these events and traditions play a major role in creating the essence of our culture where none should be dismissed and all must be reinforced .They will provide a solid underpinning for our culture to contribute a sense of comfort and belonging . All Algerians are permeated with such atmosphere, and each of these celebrations prints its own mark on the Algerian history, where our different views about their importance construct the bond of this society.

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