From Bahrain: Heya Beya

Every year on the eve of Eid Al Adha (Arafa Day) the shores of Bahrain get crowded with happy children wearing beautiful and colorful traditional clothes.  They gather every year to celebrate Heya Beya.

Heya Beya

Heya Beya is an old Bahraini traditional annual ritual which is inspired by Prophet Abraham (in Arabic Ebrahim)  and lessons learned from sacrificing his son. Eid Al Adha is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice.

In anticipation of the Heya Beya celebration day, children plant some beans in a basket and water it daily till it grows to a plant (Heya Beya). On Heya Beya ritual day the children wear their traditional clothes and join friends, neighbors, and family to sacrifice their beloved Heya Beya. The aim is to revive Bahraini heritage and teach children to sacrifice their home-grown plants.

All over Bahrain seashores, the children gather at sunset and start singing traditional songs, before throwing their Heya Beya into the sea.

It is a very happy celebration and brings back many childhood memories :)