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Journal Entry: Sat Dec 6, 2008, 11:56 PM


Dokhalah Festival


     We are pleased to join us our activities and interested program. Hopefully you will find it to your expectation and here are few lines that describe in brief the historical background about Dokhalah event.
First of all we shall describe what does Dokhalah means. It is the name of handmade flowerpot, it made of palm tree vanes and take a cylindrical shape. It is in small size and vary handy to 3-5 years old child. It is filled with sand and implants with barley seeds. It kept to germinating and growing till barley get 5 to 10 centimeter in height, then it became ready as Dokhalah. Nowadays, it is introduced in very nice look and implants with flowers in addition to barley. Each children himself taking care of his Dokhalah and irrigate it on daily basis till grow and takes its final good shape as flowerpot. This practice initiates a good relation and connection between the child and its Dokhalah, so it became beloved to him.
How did Dokhalah origin?
Dokhalah is an activity origin in gulf area since very long time ago. It became as the area’s custom and revive every year in tradition ceremony at Hajj Eid-Holiday. Dokhalah ceremonies started since more than 200 years ago by gathering the children in each neighborhood near the coast and start a special song for Dokhalah and at end they through it to the sea water.
In the past the pilgrims are travelling for long time in order to perform Hajj as no transportation means, and the parent forced to leave their children with their relatives for about 2-3 months. The Dokhalah began as pastime for the children to mitigate the impact of parent long travel to Hajj.
In Eid Al-Adha the pilgrims are doing one of the Hajj rituals which are called sacrifice by slaughter the coat “Audhieah”. The children were waiting their parents in very warm situation as this day is the sign of Hajj day toward the end and start back journey. So they are sharing their parents by doing another sacrifice which is throwing his very nice Dokhalah to sea water. Question may raise, why throwing it to the sea, because it add value to the sea environment as fish eat the grass of Dokhalah.
The Dokhalah ceremony has nothing to do with the believes or any ritual religion, it is an expression about happiness of Eid-Al Adha’s advent and it is one of the most greatest holiday in Islam. Dokhalah event as we mentioned above started during first day for Eid Al-Adha where Muslims performed their hajj at Makkah, so that, in the Dokhalah song each child solicit in

praying to Allah to give him opportunity to perform hajj when
he became young and meet again with their parents. This is the meaning of Dokhalah song. This is one way that our fathers thought us how to remember hajj and make objective to perform it as an major issue.
This practice was discontinued gradually due to life grown up and diminishing the down town life style. Also, the second generation has lost the interest to continue what they were gained from their old generation. In addition to that, the new generation did not attended celebration and nobody talking to them about Dokhalah.
Fortunately, there are a very few people from the middle and old generations were interested and eager to reactivate not only Dokhalah events but other heritage in the area that related to our grandfathers’ life which includes skills, building style, and old traditional games (entertainments). So, in 2004, they started the idea of reactivate Dokhalah ceremony and they succeeded in announcing and gathering children at the coast and done exactly what was practiced in the past. This event really rings the bill to majority of people about Dokhalah. This start helped people to start talking to their children about Dokhalah history and the wheel started again.
In 2005, the idea was more crystallized and the event took different shape than in 2004. The year 2006 is synchronized with the establishment of Sanabis Central Social Committee which is an official committee followed to Qatif head quarter committee. All report to Ministry of Society Affairs. Working under the Sanabis committee umbrellas gave chance to work comfortably through authorized work structure and facilitate the all license difficulties.
Working through past three years revealed that people like their heritage and demonstrated massive interest to participate in of Dokhalah program. Questionnaire, made last year (2006) reveal that 100 % of attendance agreed to continue this ceremony. This is great success and excellent start and more challenge for coming year, especially, when we know that Sanabis town now is the only who is doing such traditional event and focus is more this year to made another success. This year (2007) we expected that most of near-by neighborhoods will participate in attending the Dokhalah program.

The ultimate goals were achieved last periods by having team work spirit and activate people skills and ability toward social work. Other objectives from establishing such festival is to mitigate risk and road hazard of our citizen from travelling to very far distance during Eid holidays in order to get the entertainment for their families. Our place suffered from loosing very young people (teenagers) during Eid Holidays where they subjected to vital road accidents. This festival if succeeded it will help in providing very near-by place where families not forced to cover long distance and rushing traffics and of course saving a lot of time.


Mohammed Al-Yousef


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aimalee Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW Very Interesting, wonderful to know that all about "Dokhalah", great effort you put here Dear Bro appreciated :love::clap::thumbsup:
May Almighty Allah Bless all of us a chance to perform the HAJJ and visit that great Holly place....(Amin) :pray:
If Possible share some shots of "Dokhalah", :):D
Have a great time, Nice to hear some from you after a BREAK....:peace:
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alfajr Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
After a loooong BREAK. XD
Yes, it's very interesting. I'm a little sad because I didn't have the chance to go there and celebrate this happy event. Sanabes is my home town that Dokhalah occurs. But as you know I'm far in the US right now. Anyways, thanks dear bro for Do'a

Good bless you!

Click on the sticky board and enjoy watching the photos, Sorry, it's in Arabic:
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aimalee Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:) My pleasure Dear Bro Mustafa :hug:
YEP it is indeed lil hard to being away from own soil and missing these sorta activities...:)
BUT NO WORRIES...You are there for some Great Cause (Study)....All the best :peace:
Please do not be Sorry if it is in Arabic WE LOVE ARABIC even more :nod:
Yes I visited that site, and found some images, truly so traditional and very beautiful are these....:thumbsup:
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alfajr Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Belated!! ... sorry dear bro

Anyway, special thanks to you
for standing beside me all the
way of my academic study.. :hug:

Thanks for understanding me (Arabic)!
One word I want to say is that next
year you should come over I visit us
and celebrate this special event with us
that will be great don't you think dear bro?..
also have a chance to see you there! :)
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aimalee Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:aww: No worries at all, :)
Friends and Brothers must be concerned about each other's interests, activities and future planning :sherlock:
:iconwowplz:
THIS COULD BE SO WONDERFUL INDEED, TO EXPERIENCE THAT AMAZING EVENT, WITH OWN:iconwowplz:EYES.
BUT AS THE MATTER OF FACT, WE ONLY CAN ENJOY THROUGH PICS AND NEWS. :thumbsup:
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alfajr Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:)
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almahy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
إنشاء الله التغطيه المصوره تخليك عايش بينهم

كل عام وانتم بخير
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alfajr Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:)
حلاوتها في عمق الحدث
وليس من خلف الشاشة
وكل عام وانت بخير عزيزي
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Another-Art Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^_^
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alfajr Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:hug: .. :)
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Qisar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nice article :heart:
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alfajr Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks. Are you going to be there? :hug:
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Qisar Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
sure:heart:
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alfajr Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
nice :)
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iSekonda Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Do you need a sponsor, e.g. a web host?
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alfajr Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the offer though.
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iSekonda Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
No problem :)
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alfajr Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:)
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alfajr Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Dokhalah.com
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Ultradragon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Mustafa Are you going to be there if it's, I'll go there :D
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alfajr Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I hope I can but as you know I am at the U.S.
for the next months ... :)
So, enjoy as much as you can dear brother :D

تمنيت أكون بسنابس مع الشباب والأهل عشان احتفل معاهم
واشاركهم فرحة العيد والدوخلة
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Ultradragon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
afa..!! :omg:

خسارة يا مصطفى...... احنا بعد المشكلة عندنا تقرير عن طلعة ويا الشباب

بس لو انت موجود كنت بكسر حبل التقرير بس انت موجود فالحبل بصير قوي

فالله يعين ويا الشباب عاد

:)
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alfajr Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
ويش انسوي ،، الله كريم

على العموم ، كل عام وانت بخير إن شاء الله وعايدين عليه

ولا تنسانا من الدعاء حبيبي
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Ultradragon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
ان شاء الله جميعا :aww:
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