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Marco Polo

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Marco Polo

  1. 1. TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS OF ALGERIA
  2. 2. MUSICAL TRADITIONS <ul><li>ALGERIA HOLDS a singular place for Arab culture as a region in which the musical traditions of Islamic Spain, the Ottoman Empire, the eastern Arab countries (the Mashriq), Saharan and West Africa, Berbers, Bedouin and Europe have all interacted to various degrees.Morocco to the west was never as directly exposed to Ottoman and eastern Arab musical traditions. </li></ul><ul><li>Tunisia and Libya to the east have had far less contact with sub-Saharan and West African musics and far more direct contact with the musics of their eastern neighbors. </li></ul><ul><li>To simplify this complex musical landscape to some degree, the many distinct musical traditions of Algeria can be roughly divided into five groups: </li></ul><ul><li>1) Andalusian traditions, </li></ul><ul><li>2) Urban popular traditions, </li></ul><ul><li>3) Arabic-language folk traditions, </li></ul><ul><li>4) Berber and Saharan traditions, </li></ul><ul><li>5) the modern rai, or &quot;pop-rai,&quot; phenomenon </li></ul>QUANUN DARBUKA DUFF NAY
  3. 3. TRADITIONS OF MARRIAGE <ul><li>In Algeria, it is easy to distinguish an engaged girl from a married one, for in engagement a groom offers a ring of white gold while after making the contract of marriage, a yellowish one is offered. </li></ul><ul><li>The Algerian weddings are known for their delicious dishes including “Kuskus”, “Soup” and “Lahm Munaddy.” </li></ul><ul><li>In that African Muslim country, people stay awake till late hours at night celebrating the newly established Muslim house. </li></ul>
  4. 4. PROVERBS OF ALGERIA <ul><li>Serr tnin ya erfouh alfin - A secret for two, soon a secret for nobody </li></ul><ul><li>Djouz aela el ouad el haddar ouala djouz aela el ouad essaket - Cross the loud river but don't cross the silent one </li></ul><ul><li>Esberr maftah el djena -Patience is the key to paradise Li fi kerchou tben ma khaf mi nar - The one whose belly isn't full of straw isn't afraid of fire </li></ul><ul><li>Koul klam elkhir ouala skout khir - Speak kindly or refrain you from talking </li></ul><ul><li>Lahna yegleb laghna - Peace wins over wealth </li></ul><ul><li>Essahba sahba oua niya makanch - Friendship, we call it friendship, but without sincerity </li></ul><ul><li>El Yedd li tmedd khir men yedd li tchedd - The hand which gives is better than the one which receives </li></ul>
  5. 5. DEMOSTRATIONS <ul><li>They meticulously observe all the national bank holidays; on January 1°, on May 1°, on June 19, on July (Anniversary of the independence) 5 and on November (Anniversary of the Revolution) 1°. </li></ul><ul><li>The Ramadam, dominates and scans all the plannings of local celebrations, to exclusion of the New Year's eve and the anniversary of the sacrifice of Abramo and the birth of Mohammed, not fixed in determined days because established in base to the mutable lunar calendar. </li></ul><ul><li>Innumerable local mercatini every day they cheer of colors and Arabic music the social lifetime of all the angles of the city, giving that typical odors that whatever tourist can ever forget. </li></ul>
  6. 6. ALGERIAN CUISINE <ul><li>Algerian cuisine, like that of most North African countries, is heavily influenced by Arab, Amazigh, Turkish, and French culinary traditions. </li></ul><ul><li>Couscous , a semolina-based pasta customarily served with a meat and vegetable stew, is the traditional staple. </li></ul><ul><li>Although Western-style dishes, such as pizza and other fast foods, are popular and Algeria imports large quantities of foodstuffs, traditional products of Algerian agriculture remain the country's best-liked. Mutton, lamb, and poultry are still the meat dishes of choice; favourite desserts rely heavily on native-grown figs, dates, and almonds and locally produced honey; and couscous and unleavened breads accompany virtually every meal. </li></ul><ul><li>Brik (a meat pastry), </li></ul><ul><li>merguez (beef sausage), </li></ul><ul><li>lamb or chicken stew are among the many local dishes served in homes and restaurants. </li></ul><ul><li>As is the case in the Middle East, strong, sweet Turkish-style coffee is the beverage of choice at social gatherings, and mint tea is a favourite. </li></ul>

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