Ways & Customs

Sahraoui society is marked by several customs, traditions and specific festivities connected to the different aspects of life, for example, birth, Akika – or the celebration of the seventh day after birth of a baby, circumcision, engagements, weddings, divorces, death and burial as well as religious ceremonies, including religious feasts and the two months of Chaabane and Ramadan.

There are also other types of tradition linked to traditional culinary art including popular dishes and beverages and traditional dress called « Al-Malhfa » for women and « Darrâa » for men.

To that is added the sense of generosity, hospitality and entertainment, the furnishing and decoration of homes, the principles of education, the spirit of solidarity and the relation between human beings and cattle, as well as with other animals; in particular the camel – that tireless « vessel of the desert ».

These customs and traditions are indispensable tools for understanding the semiotic dimensions and the cultural implications of popular Hassani culture. They also constitute an important factor to understanding the life style in the Southern Provinces and are reflective of the human creativity describing the distinctive feature of the Sahraoui space throughout history.