tomorrow, 2nd of december, united arab emirates (UAE) will celebrate its 39th national day. naturally, the school will be closed tomorrow, so today the kids are having national day activities today in school.
the kids are asked to wear “the national dress of any country especially UAE national dress.” if only khaleef has the white jubah and the red chequered cloth to wear on top of his head to look like one of the emiratis!
so instead, this morning khaleef went to school in baju melayu!
baju melayu is a traditional malay outfit for men. it consists of two main parts. the first being the baju (long sleeved shirt) itself which has a raised stiff collar known as the cekak musang collar. the second part is the trousers. a skirt-type adornment is also commonly worn with the baju melayu, which is either the kain samping made from songket, or just plain sarong. both are loops of fabric which are folded around the wearer's waist. a jet-black or dark coloured headgear called the songkok can also worn to complete the attire.
~ adapted from wikipedia
however, he didn’t wear his sampin and songkok. moms with young boys will know why! if khaleef goes to school with songkok and sampin, he definitely won’t be coming back from school with them! sure tertanggal and tertinggal! left and lost! hihi.
at first i was afraid that it will be too cold to wear a baju melayu, but this morning, the weather is chilly in a wonderful way. the cool breeze was just lovely.
sahil and khaleef
when khaleef’s schoolmate sahil came down, he was wearing his national dress as well – a ‘kurta pajamas’. he wore them complete with matching fancy aladdin shoes!
kurta pajamas is a traditional item of clothing worn in afghanistan, bangladesh, india, pakistan, sri lanka and nepal. it’s a loose-fitting shirt falling somewhere above of right
at the knee of the wearer. it can be worn with loose pajama bottom, or wrapped-around dhoti. these days you can even see them worn with jeans!
~ adapted from wikipedia
they both looked so cute sitting side by side that i had to take a picture!
but then – boys will be boys! dah pakai cantik-cantik pun nak golek-golek main kejar-kejar aci nyorok!
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so what is the national clothing for the emiratis (people of the united arab emirates)?
the male wears the white kandoora, while the women wears the black abaya
(thanks nia for reminding me i need to add a bit on uae's national clothing as well!)
click here for more info on the traditional dress of the emiratis.