Heya Beya (Video)

Finally sharing my latest audio slideshow ‘Heya Beya’


Heya Beya from Rasha Yousif on Vimeo.

Heya Beya is an old Bahraini traditional annual ritual which is inspired by Prophet Ebrahim and lessons learned from sacrificing his son . Eid Al Adha is also known as Feast of the Sacrifice. In anticipation of 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 cloths and join friends, neighbours 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 and wishing the pilgrims a safe trip back home.


This video was made from still photographs. I mixed some audio (some recorded and a song taken from Bahrain TV) the song is a modernised version of traditional song performed by a local Bahrain artist.