MINISTRY OF AWQAF
& ISLAMIC AFFAIRS
CULTURAL AFFAIRS SECTOR
SOCIAL CONCEPTS…..& KUWAITI SOCIETY
CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS
The Kuwaiti society is a coherent conservative one that is governed by inherited traditions and customs as well as the regulations and guidelines of Islam that are deep-rooted within the souls of its members:
The following are some of the customs and traditions the society is so keen on observing:
First: Home Privacy and Sacredness:
1. Gazing through the open doors of neighbors’ houses, through their terraces or windows or over roofs, walls or fences is strictly unacceptable within the Kuwaiti society.
2. Disturbing neighbors is a taboo for Kuwaiti families be it by loud voices, blocking streets or car parking spaces or gathering in front their houses.
3. It is a Kuwaiti tradition not to allow strangers into houses unless in the presence of the owners and in accordance to their convenience.
Second: Weekly Family Reunions:
1. Family reunions are so common during religious Eids, public
social occasions such as weddings and weekly visits.
2. Kuwaiti families communicate by exchanging visits.
3. Both Kuwaiti spouses are keen on visiting relatives and family members accompanying their children.
Third: Outfits’ Traditions:
1. It is very important to keep clothes clean and chaste.
2. Kuwaiti women are so keen on dressing decently despite globalization and its impact on the Kuwaiti society.
3. Kuwaiti women’s favorite outfit is loose gowns that cover the whole body in addition to a head cover or veil (Hejab). Some women wear 'Neqabs' to cover their whole faces.
4. Men wear 'Deshdasha', which is a loose white outfit in addition to a 'Ghutra' to cover the head and an 'Ogal' around it to hold it firmly.
Fourth: Family & Household Management:
1. Caring for seniors and respecting their wishes is a priority
for a Kuwaiti family.
2. A wife’s role is highly significant in steering family members’ conduct.
Peran seorang istri sangat penting dalam mengarahkan tingkah laku anggota keluarga.
Fifth: General Manners & Social Ethics:
1. Domestic secrets are in no way to be made subjects for chat or gossip with friends.
Rahasia rahasia dalam rumah tangga tidak boleh dibuat subjek dalam obrolan atau gosib dengan teman-teman.
2. Respecting the elderly and having mercy on the young.
3. Permission must be granted before entering rooms, particularly if the husband (men) were alone during their rest hours.
4. Some phrases must be used when addressing family members such as:
• For greeting : (Assalamo Alaikom )
• For Requests and asking permissions: (Lao Samaht, Min Fadhlek)
• Congratulations on Eids and other occasions: (Eid Mubarak, Ramadhan Kaeem and Mabrook)
• Gratitude on receiving a gift or help : ( Shokran/ Jazak Allaho Khairan)
5. Domestic employees must make sure to speak politely and respectfully to family members and other staff working for the family.
6. Employees must ask for permission prior to using any household item or family property.
7. They must be conservative concerning male/female relations, avoid too much co-existence and mingling (particularly amongst young people) and make conversations short and earnest.
8. They must receive guests warmly without over talking to them.
9. Avoid curiosity and interfering with family matters.
10. Earnestness in speech does not necessarily mean anger or toughness.
11। Loud speech or laughter in the house is not favored
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