Yemeni Jambia

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I have chosen the jambiya because it is one important Yemeni traditional symbol and every man in Yemen has to have one. As I am Yemeni I had my jambia when I was 8 year old ,my parents gave it to me and I wore it in a traditional festival with my family. I felt so happy that day and so proud of myself, I felt that time that I became areal man as well as I had shown off about my friends and cousins who don't have a jambia . Jambiya is also used to as a tool to dance with and it symbolizes strength and independence.
Jambiya is the Arabic term for dagger, but it is generally used to describe a specific type of dagger with a short curved blade that is worn on a belt. Although the term jambiya is also used in other Arab countries, it is mostly associated with people of Yemen. Men typically above the age of 14 wear it as an accessory to their clothing. Jambiya comes with different sizes for adults and children .To sum up, jambiya is a traditonal and historical symbol for Yemeni people.

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