Monday, November 30, 2009
today I'm gonna talk about one of the most amazing cities ever; it's full of history, full of beauty and love .... it's Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is the capital of my country, Palestine. It's very old city ( I'm not gonna give a history lesson, because you can get that anywhere else!, it's importance comes from being a "home" for religions; in Jerusalem you can find mosques, churches and historical places for both Muslims and Christians and, and has spiritual importance for Jews.
To be honest, I've been to Jerusalem only one, but it was unforgettable visit! I went to Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the old city; it was amazing, and I barely could walk in the streets ( it was Friday, the day for an important Muslim prayer! ).
Here is some pics for Jerusalem, I'm sure you'll love 'em:
Dome of the Rock
Inside Dome of the Rock
Church of Holy Depulcher
Inside Church of Holy Sepulcher
I wanna talk a little about the Palestinian culture;
The majority of Palestinian people are Muslims, our culture strongly follows the Islamic religion. I'm not gonna talk about Islam now, but I'll mention some aspects that make our culture different and special ( If you wanna know little more about Islam, please leave me a comment and I'll be happy to make a post about how special and different is Islam ) :
Palestinians are famous in their traditional folklore dress, which is beautifully hand-made. This dress is not widely used now, but it's still very popular in special occasions and ofcourse it's the dress for ladies who lived the old days. Here is some pictures of the Palestinian dress:
The palestinian folklore include stories, music, dancing, sayings, traditions, beliefs and jokes!
here is a video for a folklore dance .... interesting
and I should tell you, if you ever come to Palestine, and you are out of money, that's not a problem at all! you'll find biggggg hospitality here; you don't have to pay to eat because you'll find everybody inviting you for lunch or dinner .... If you don't have enough money to sleep in a hotel, believe me, everybody will invite you to spend the night in their houses.
You don't have to worry about language and this stuff; most people here especially the young are well-educated, most of them can speak english and many can speak other languages ( French, German, Spanish and other languages! )
I really wanna talk about food, because it's my favourite subject :p but I don't wanna waste your time, so here is two foods that ae very popular here:
- Hummus: is a Levantine Arab dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic; it's eatin with bread .... it's very delicious.
- Musakhan: It is composed of roasted chicken baked with onions, sumac, allspice, saffron, and fried pine nuts atop one or more taboon breads.
This was very very short summary of Jerusalem, and some highlights of the Palestinian culture, if you wanna know more, if you have anything to say, good or bad, please leave me a comment!
Btw, I think my next post will be about Brazil, a countryI really love and wanna b there!
Thank you, and have fun till then :)