"Condolences Customs" Top 5 Page for this destination Saudi Arabia Local Custom Tip by DunaKal

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I`m writing this on the rememberence of my formel aunt who passed away few years back..if it wasn`t for this experience I wouldn`t knew lots of our condolences customs....

When a person dies,a condolence gathering is set up in his/her`s house or any other relative`s house(it`s agreed by the members of his family).
One line of light bulbs,is hung on the house front to mark the house for people to come and pay their condolences.
The gathering is held for three days in a row to give people a chance to come.
Most people arrive between the Maghrib prayers(sunset),and the Isha prayers(night time).
A brief lecture is given by a religious person,followed by a prayer for the dead person`s soul.

As everything else in Saudi Arabia,men and women are separated,the men are seated outside the house while women are seated inside of the houses.
The relatives of the dead person are seated in a row and usually wear white clothing with white scarves,(that`s for women)to be recognised by people coming to pay their condolences,as the non-relatives stay in their Abayas(the black cloak).
When entering the place(if your a woman),you should say "Al salamu alaikom"
which is the Islamic greeting,then go stright to the relatives row and kiss each person on one cheek only saying" Atham Allah Ajrakom"
meaning(may Allah greatly reward you)on their patience.
Arabic coffee is being served on a tray,unlike other happy events where guests are being offerd coffee refills more than once.in a condolence place,you get to drink only one small cup.served with dates.
After the Isha prayers(night)dinner will be served,and it`s a custom to serve lamb on rice with chickpeas,though some people now ,offer buffets filled with international cuisine.
After dinner,everything is over,and people leave the house.

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  • Updated May 3, 2004
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