Sunday, May 1, 2011

What is a Hul-Hul?

Muscat Mitchells on her blog "Mitchells In Oman" asked what is an Omani Hul-Hul and what is involved.

It is pretty much a celebration that a baby has reached one year in age since having been named or born and to celebrate, the baby (one year old) is sat down on the floor and popcorn and candies are sprinkled on the baby's head, which the other children at the party eat.

It is also an excuse for mother's and family members to get together and bake sweets, and serve a lunch.

6 comments:

Muscat Mitchells said...

Perfect! Thank you!

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

MM: You're welcome, I'm glad you get a chance to go get your makeup done wildlly lol. Have fun with that inshaAllah;D

Boxie said...

sounds vary nice mashallah.

Anonymous said...

And shave the kids hair off. Boys and girls! Stupid tradition!

C said...

cute!!! never knew there was such a thing!

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

Boxie: They're cute. Less screaming or anoying children's songs than the iqiqa we attended :)

Anon: that is usually the "iquiqa" when the baby is named and lived a month or so more. The shaving of the hair at the iqiqa is an Islamic sunnah. The Prophet Mohamed told people to do it to their children. It is not the same as the hul-hul but maybe some Omani families combine them? The point of the Islamic iqiqa is to be thankful to Allah for your child, and its health, whether bor or girl. What hair the baby had that is shaved, is weighed, and then an equal weight of gold is given in charity to those less fortunate by those who can afford so. I think it is beautiful

C: If you have kids or Omani inlaws you'll likely get invited to one at sometime or another;)