April: Arab Heritage Month: Keeping Our Roots Alive

April: Arab Heritage Month: Keeping Our Roots Alive

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By Leila Diab

In the United States and around the world, government officials have designated April as Arab Heritage month to recognize, celebrate and acknowledge the cultural dignity and universal acceptance of Arabs, which goes beyond the cultural divide.

There are 22 countries that makeup the Arab world. Stretching across many lines of reshaped boundaries overtime and conquests in the sand. Present day boundaries from the Middle East, and North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan), Mauritania, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, the United Emirates, Yemen, the Comoros Island, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania and Palestine.

And each one of these countries holds on to their literate and non-literate cultural traditions. And many Arabs have often proclaimed, living under the day light or dark night of the same sky, there is no boundary line drawn between their commonality of speaking the Arabic language, remembering traditional stories told by their families and reciting memorable poems of joy, love, gardens, and their homeland for generations.

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