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Helen Betts | all galleries >> Touring the Gulf States >> Doha: Pearl of the Gulf >> Glimpse into Qatari Culture: 'Zabra' > ‘Henna Aayin’
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‘Henna Aayin’

There was a photography exhibition at the art gallery in the cultural village titled “Zabra,” the most precious moment of one’s lifetime. “It is a traditional Qatari word that defines the dressing up for special occasions, it stems from our genuine heritage, our great history and our own identity to describe one’s maximum feeling of honor, pride and excitement in a specific time and definite place,” says the exhibit brochure.

I photographed a lot of the exhibit as it was just stunning, and the more I look at the images, the more taken I am with them, an insight into Qatari culture that I never could have found on my own.

“The bride surrounds herself with family and friends for a henna party, participants sing as a celebration sign while the bride receives a new henna design on her hands. The bride wears the ‘Kursi Jaber’ and golden bangles.”

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Carol Rollins16-Feb-2015 19:58
This is so good!!
Julie Oldfield16-Feb-2015 15:22
Beautiful capture. V
LynnH16-Feb-2015 12:56
Wonderful, touching moment. V
MarcViskens16-Feb-2015 11:25
very pretty shot
danad16-Feb-2015 10:01
A superb image. V.
Tom LeRoy16-Feb-2015 08:59
A fabulous addition to your well documented and photographed gallery. Really bewutiful! V