Lets Get Ethnic Then
And my guayabera equals your boubou any day
Its Friday in Senegal and than means its time to go ethnic, in clothing that is. Friday is the day that Muslims here are called to the mosque to pray so they break out their finest boubou to show respect. Catching wind of this, I broke out my own ethnicity and wore a guayabera to work today.
It was interesting seeing how everyone switched effortlessly from Western attire to their traditional clothes, they use the term ‘ethnic’ instead of traditional, and yet acted the same. For me, the change was jarring. One day I am talking to man in a suit and tie, the next day he is in a boubou.
Still, rolling with the local culture, when everyone went to the mosque to pray at 1pm, I headed to my own church, the beach, and prayed to my god, the sun. It is a great Friday afternoon tradition if you ask me, one that I would love to bring Stateside – Friday afternoons off to celebrate life.
I’ll take mine on the beach, with a beer, thank you very much!