Today, there was the official opening of the “Taqah Festival,” in the east of Salalah. After the arrival of the Dhofar Governor, the Advisor of the Royal Court, the Governor of Taqah, members of governmental councils, the sheikhs of Taqah…and after the opening words, the festival started.
On and around the stage, in front of the former tax house of 1942, a theatre play mixed with traditional dance and music, explained in a lively way the role the house played in the past. The importance of Taqah as fishing village and the commerce of the frankincense in the past was told.
Then the Djebali village, the village of the mountain, came alive. In indigo, the color of the mountain people, traditional dance, music and songs were on display. Noteworthy was the role the youngsters played in the performances.
Traditional food, handicraft was offered by individual women or by the women association of Taqah. Even mountain villages in miniature were on display.
Tomorrow, beside the traditional dance and music, handicrafts and food, a traditional boat race and a tug of war (rope pulling) is programmed.
2nd Taqah Festival on the beach at the Corniche, from 4.30 pm till 6pm