Re-view of a Festival (part 6)

The sixth edition of the 2nd Taqah festival in the east of Salalah, was all about ‘skills’. Skills were needed for rowing replica of the Houri and the Saktoon. The ‘Houri’ is a dugout canoe made of wood, used as inshore fishing boats and paddled. In all the races that Taqah had in the past, the ‘Saktoon,’ a wooden boat recognizable by the Arabic word on the Stem Head, always won. The last race with the Saktoon was in 1976. For this festival, fishermen above the fifty row the Saktoon.

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Horse skills were showed by horsemen of the Royal Court and by private riders. The horsemen of the Royal Court are well known for their skills and participate in competitions abroad. In the evening a seminar about culture and heritage was held.

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Tomorrow, during the 2nd Taqah Festival Traditional dances are on display.

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