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Culture Yemen

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Yemen : Discover the country's culture

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Music

The Oud, an ancestor of the lute, is the most popular instrument.
"La Médecine de l'âme" by Jean Lambert, a work on Yemen's ritual music, accompanied by a CD. Edited by Musee de l'Homme, Paris.

Yemen : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

700 BC, Kingdom of Saba.
1839, Aden occupied by the English.
1952, Republic of Northen Yemen declared.
1970, Marxist republic of Southern Yemen declared.
May 1990, reunification.
Since May 1990, presidency has been held by Field Marshall Ali Abdallah Salih. Abd al-Qadir Ba Jamal has been Prime Minister since April 2001.

Yemen : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events

Events

As a general rule, muslim holidays are celebrated as a family. Bear Ramadan in mind before planning your trip.

20 janvier 2007
Hegira. Muslim new year

30 January 2007
Ashoura

1st May
Labour Day

31 March 2007
Mouloud. Birth of the prophet Mohammed

22 May
Anniversary of reunification

24 September 2006 (13 september 2007)

Start of Ramadan

26 September

Anniversary of the Revolution.

14 October

National Day

20 October 2006

Lailat al Qadar (night of destiny. Anniversary of Mohammed's revelation of the Qu'aran (celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan).

24 October 2006 (13 September 2007)
Aid el-Fitr (celebrating the end of Ramadan.)

30-31 December 2006

Aid el-Kebir (sheep festival).