Bahrain, where Islam is the main religion, and the political system is a constitutional monarchy, is considered by rights the most democratic and tolerant among neighboring Arab states. In Bahrain, the highest among the countries of the Persian Gulf is the standard of living, because the main source of income is oil.
In this amazing country of eternal summer, rapid economic development is combined, preserving the traditional aspects of Arab culture and following the canons of the Islamic religion. In addition, the family and social life of the Bahraini people is still strongly influenced by the historically established traditions of the tribal society.
It should also be borne in mind that more than half the population of the country of Bahrain is foreigners. Perhaps this fact influenced the fact that representatives of other faiths and nationalities in Bahrain are completely loyal, without the fanaticism inherent in neighbors, just as they preach Islam.
Of course, like neighbors, Bahraini people do not eat pork, do not drink alcohol, and smoking is not forbidden, although it is not approved, even following the example of America and Europe, the policy of getting rid of this harmful habit is being pursued. The damage to smoking is explained not only by the canons of the Koran, but also by damage to health.
The family for a typical Bahraini is not just the first place, the family is both a hobby, and work, and the best component of life, although it is not worth asking a Bahrainian about how his wife’s health does not understand such a question, will consider you at least tactless and impolite.
Following the traditions of Islam, many women in Bahrain wear clothing that covers the entire body from the head to the fingertips. Men are pleased to wear national clothes, consisting of a white shirt, white trousers and a cloak, as well as a headscarf, without which it is difficult to manage in a hot climate under the scorching sun.
However, no one is pursuing or forbidding the wearing of modern clothes, although too frank attire is not welcome. Such a calm attitude to appearance for the adherents of the Islamic religion is most likely from the historical family way of life.
Traditionally, husbands in Bahrain left for a long time to harvest pearls, which is still famous throughout the world, and in the absence of men, wives simply did not have anyone to hide under impenetrable covers.
Wife, of course, is considered the guardian of the hearth and the management of the economy is strictly a woman’s business, as well as raising children, but if the husband dares to offend his wife, the whole family, numerous relatives, both from the wife and from the side husband.
To change the spouse or husband in Bahrain simply does not occur, where for religious reasons pornography and other debauchery, peculiar to the unfaithful people are forbidden.
Bahrain’s people will do anything for the well-being and prosperity of their family, but they will arrange happiness and prosperity for their loved ones, that is, their wives and children. In addition, it is customary in Islam to help relatives and other members of the community, so that no one is left in trouble or alone with their problems.
Maybe that’s why the standard of living is so high in this state, where Western tourists aspire to get, as well as residents of neighboring Arab states, more conservative religiously.
By the way, about tourism. Since it is very developed in Bahrain, then there are a lot of restaurants and restaurants in all the few cities, there is also traditional cuisine, and Indian is common, and European.
However, absolutely all chefs in all restaurants are men, and not because women are unworthy of this post, but because Bahraini people can not allow a woman to spend all day around a hot plate.
This attitude reigns in the family life, wives cherish and cherish, although the man will never take on the business concerns, not his business. As for the wedding, as the event marking the appearance of a new family, it shows it most fully traditions and customs of Bahrain.
The fact is that if European clothes are preferred in everyday clothes, especially in cities, then festive events, and the wedding especially make Bahrainians of all ages put on exclusively in folk costumes.
There is a whole village at the village wedding, and more than fifty people gather in the city. Separate tables are set for men and women, celebrations are held for several days, for which a religious rite and feast for relatives, friends and acquaintances takes place.
Women celebrate the event separately, arranging their own entertainment, but without forgetting to cover and decorate tables for men. Before the ceremony, the bride is painted with henna patterns on her hands and legs, each of which has its own meaning and symbolism, while Islam requires unconditional submission to her husband, in Bahrain, the wife leaves her maiden name after the wedding.
Women enjoy greater freedom in this country than in the neighboring countries of the Gulf, even the desire for knowledge among the female population is not blamed, but on the contrary encouraged. Parents are very proud if their children receive higher education, no matter who, sons or daughters.
If a woman wants to work, then, as a rule, she is not discouraged, although there are primordially male professions where women are not allowed, nevertheless, women are present both in government bodies and in business.
However, traditionally the first place in Bahrain is the family. Regardless of gender, the people of Bahrain consider family relationships and marriage to be the main value in life.
With all the incredible freedom for the Islamic world to appear in public places in unsuitable clothes, demonstrative drinking, disrespectful attitude to religion and the older generation in Bahrain are considered unacceptable behavior, therefore, the attitude to such people will be very negative, because no one is trying to break customs.