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.
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.
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
31 March 2007
Mouloud. Birth of the prophet Mohammed
Anniversary of reunification
24 September 2006 (13 september 2007)
Start of Ramadan
Anniversary of the Revolution.
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).