…Bahrain National Day celebrations by an ol’ Scots interloper…

…celebrations are celebrations, regardless of wherever they take place… in Scotland, we have the much-lauded Hogmanay New Year’s Eve tradition, much of which, it must be confessed, as a young man in the days when I imbibed the ‘electric soup’ were lost in a mist of distilled fumes from gurgly bottles… we also have the St Andrews Day with much wheeeeching and birling and skirling of bagpipes, accompanied by lashings of wild haggis (a much better taste than the domestic variety), and we expatriate exiles from North of Hadrian’s wall are adept at adapting to our adopted environments… witness this month, in the Middle East, the National Days of Abu Dhabi (December 2) and now upon us, Bahrain’s festivities (December 16)… the event falls during the weekend in Bahrain this year, and many locals have already held events to mark the day… on Wednesday, my friends at Bahrain Islamic Bank allowed this ol Scots wanderer to participate in the fun… I was never a pigeon-fancier when in the UK, but here’s a marvellous up-close-and-personal falcon picture with yours truly…

…all over the country, children dress in the red and white colours of the National flag… a rather shy, but gorgeous wee lassie, the daughter of one of the bank staff, agreed to be photographed with ‘Uncle Seumas’

…then, proper music, themed for the Arabic ear, and pleasant enuff to my auditory tracts… direct, p’raps from ‘Bahrain’s Got Talent’, filled the area… eat yer hearts out, UB40, the Stones, and the Boston Pops…

…my buddy, Abdulla Alnasheet, another good Manchester United fan (but, of course, what else!) risked having his selfie taken alongside me…

…the supply of food and drinks in ample abundance for the assembled participants proved once more, it’s difficult to match true Arabic hospitality… and they don’t take ‘No’ for an answer when they invite you to their table… thanks again, my friends for a wonderful day… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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14 responses to “…Bahrain National Day celebrations by an ol’ Scots interloper…

  1. Nothing like a falcon to add dash to a man.
    Enjoyed sharing the celebration.

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  2. Seems funny to see you in your pre ‘Master of the Universe’ poshed-up banking outfit rather than a kilt Seumas. 😀 Enjoy your celebrations. x

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  3. Looks like you had a wonderful time participating in the celebration.

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  4. Sounds like you had a great time… Glad to hear it!

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  5. Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    More from that man in Bahrain 😉

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  6. Nice to see you, hawk and all.


  7. Great pictures of the celebration, Seumas. I especially liked the one with you and the darling little girl dressed in her white and red. Season’s Greetings to you and yours. 🙂 — Suzanne


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