The UAE is a country full of rich culture and traditions that have been followed and celebrated for many years. Emiratis and even residents in the UAE make sure that the vibrant history of the nation isn’t lost by passing down its fascinating traditions and stories to the next generation.
Hag El Laila is one such important local celebration. This tradition is followed in neighboring Arab countries as well, where it goes by other names.
When is Hag El Laila celebrated?
Many traditional days in the UAE are celebrated according to when they land on the Hijri Islamic calendar. Hag El Laila falls on the Hijri Date of the 15th of Shabaan, which is the eight month of the Islamic year, and is followed by the holy month of Ramadan. Celebrations for this occasion begin in the evening, after sunset.
What makes Hag El Laila special?
The kids on this occasion go around from one house to another singing:”Aatoona Hag Laila”, which means “give us for this blessed night”. It is a spiritually uplifting event and helps Muslims prepare for the great month of Ramadan ahead.
The celebration embodies the spirit of generosity and tolerance. It teaches children the significance of being in a community and the act of giving as everyone comes together to enjoy the occasion.