Bedouin culture features at Jordan festival

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People heading to Jordan’s annual Jerash Festival, were able to sample traditional Bedouin food at the 12 day event.

Bedouin women prepared traditional bread at the ancient Roman site, where the festival is being held.

The women could be seen kneading the doe and then placing it on to hot plates, for it to rise.

The event, which has been running here for more than two decades, is a place where poets and performers can showcase their skills.

This year’s event saw a range of bedouin musicians taking to the stage.

Ali Jarrah, who is taking part in festival, said that people have a thirst to find out more about bedouin culture.

“People’s attraction to the bedouin art is an in-depth cultural attraction. People are thirsty to know more about these customs and traditions. Our traditions are clear and are apparent through this celebration of Bedouin traditions and culture,” said Jarrah.

One of the musicians entertained the crowds by playing the rababa, a string instrument that is often used in bedouin music and is believed to have its roots in the eighth century.

Local media reports say more than 100 local Arab troupes are taking part in the Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts, which will include performances from pop stars, poetry readings and debates.

Jerash is located 46 kilometers north of the capital Amman.

The festival runs from June 26 to July 7.

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