Check out some photos of the 2016 Houston Palestinian Festival!
Palestine is famous for its traditionally hand stitched thobes (dresses) from across the region. Each city in Palestine has a traditional style and stitch that is uniquely woven into each dress. Below is a series of photos that depict each particular dress style, city to city, across Palestine.
Special thanks to the Palestinian American Cultural Center of Houston for their contribution to this piece.
Located South East of historical Palestine. This beautiful dress has less embroidery than dresses from other regions of Palestine. It has wide sleeve panels and is lightly stitched on the chest piece and side panels.
Palestinian social customs and traditions date back to the 7th century. The Palestinian customs are rooted in the very soil of the land and are hence inseparable from the lives of the people belonging to Palestine. The customs of Palestine not only get reflected on the society of the land and the people but also in the famous works of art and literature of the country.
Every year the Palestinian Cultural Center of Houston holds its annual Palestinian Festival in March. The festival is created for American Palestinians to remember their culture and heritage through shared experience and cultural revival.
The festival includes dozen of vendors selling authentic Palestinian attire, medallions, jewelry, food, art, books, crafts, and more. In addition to authentic dancing, traditional fashion shows, and cultural reenactments. We will even have a little bit of fun with the qoosa efharing (we’ll explain what that is later) and falafel eating competitions!
Stay tuned for a series of silly adventures during this years 6th annual Houston Palestinian festival! But First! A bit of our national anthem to kick it off!
On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old activist from Olympia, Washington, went to Gaza as a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement. Corrie tried to prevent the Israeli army from demolishing the home of a family she was staying with and was crushed to death by a bulldozer.
This program, sponsored by Palestine Online Store, will commemorate her life’s work with a screening of the short documentary film “Ambulance” and a reading of one of her last letters to her parents describing the situation in Gaza.
Location: Resistencia Bookstore, 4926 E. César Chávez, Unit C-1, Austin
“I have been in Palestine for two weeks and one hour now, and I still have very few words to describe what I see. It is most difficult for me to think about what’s going on here when I sit down to write back to the United States—something about the virtual portal into luxury. I don’t know if many of the children here have ever existed without tank-shell holes in their walls and the towers of an occupying army surveying them constantly from the near horizons. I think, although I’m not entirely sure, that even the smallest of these children understand that life is not like this everywhere. An eight-year-old was shot and killed by an Israeli tank two days before I got here, and many of the children murmur his name to me, “Ali”—or point at the posters of him on the walls. The children also love to get me to practice my limited Arabic by asking me “Kaif Sharon?” “Kaif Bush?” and they laugh when I say “Bush Majnoon” “Sharon Majnoon” back in my limited Arabic. (How is Sharon? How is Bush? Bush is crazy. Sharon is crazy.)”
In a letter written to her family, dated Feb 7th, 2003
Rest in happiness Rachel and know that your fight was not in vain, that our struggle continues; but with your lead, we follow. Your struggle was not forgotten. Palestine will be liberated.
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