Sudanese Ladies Night

Art by Robin Brian

In October, I went to Sudanese Ladies Night held at school.  This is an annual tradition where everyone dresses in traditional Sudanese clothing and experiences a little of the culture of Sudan.  Fortunately, I had purchased a tobe shortly after coming to Khartoum on our first  shopping trip to Souq Shabbii, so I had an opportunity to wear it–as opposed to using it as a valance in my apartment!  There were two tea ladies, preparing traditional Sudanese coffee and tea along with the donuts that are so wonderful!  Walking along the streets in Khartoum, you can find these charming ladies along the sides of the streets just about anywhere you go.  It’s especially nice to go early in the morning to get the donuts fresh out of the oil.  They put them in a plastic bag, or in newspaper, sprinkle sugar on them, and they are wonderful!  (and only 1 SDG)  We were treated to a program of traditional dance  representing the various regions of Sudan, performed by a lovely group of our Secondary students.

Colleagues, some true Sudanese, others just honorary for the evening!

Colleagues, some true Sudanese, others just honorary for the evening!


Students with "Miss Robin", honorary Sudanese Lady!

Students with “Miss Robin”, honorary Sudanese Lady!


Pretending to be a tea lady

Pretending to be a tea lady


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Before transforming for the evening


Henna tattoo

Henna tattoo


Real tea ladies--traditional Sudanese coffee, minted tea and donuts

Real tea ladies–traditional Sudanese coffee, minted tea and donuts


Students enjoying the night

Students enjoying the night


Having our coffee from the tea ladies

Having our coffee from the tea ladies

Colleagues hanging out..Sudanese ladies style

Colleagues hanging out..Sudanese ladies style