The culture and festivals in Bahrain are largely influenced by the residing population, the great majority of which are Arab and Islamic. By this virtue, most of its culture and celebrations are taken from these two cultures. The interesting thing to note about Bahrain is its extremely diverse population, a large part of which is comprised of foreign nationals and immigrants providing the greater number of the labor force. The culture and attitudes of the nation are then much more lax than its neighboring states which are strictly conservative and Islamic in their ideals. Despite being the melting pot of different traditions, cultures, and religions, the core of Bahraini culture still has not changed.
The dress of the average Bahraini is conservative and influenced by the garb of Arabic styles. Although there is no formal dress code for men and women, citizens still dress quite conservatively with traditional and western clothing. Traditionally, women wear a Daffah, a black long loose fitting article of clothing with long sleeves and drapes down near the ankles. Although the practice of Hijab is not strictly enforced in Bahrain, women still dress in a conservative fashion even when in western garb. The sun-soaked archipelago may motion for skimpy clothing and beach attire, but tourists are suggested to still wear fairly conservative clothing. [Read more…]