Too Many To Choose

Hedaya Kelani

There are so many Libyan traditions that I love. From the way we pour our tea to our traditional clothing. Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to choose just one thing; it seems like an impossible task to ask of me. But I’ll list a couple of things that stand out to me. I love the way we dance. Of course, that statement seems vague because there are so many different ways one could dance in Libya, but that’s exactly what I love about it. You could dance in so many different ways- expression and celebration automatically become diverse and universal. I love that we could all just feel the rhythm of the beat, of the drums, of the zaffah; we could move our hips, arms, and shoulders and we’re at once united. I love Libyan clothing. Like our different dances, our clothing is diverse. It’s as if we have created cultures within a culture. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to look at each other dressed in Libyan clothing - all of us in different colors, decorations, stripes, and fabric, yet all of us are still Libyan.  I love all the little Libyan things. I love the fact that whenever someone is invited, we give out tea, juice, sweets, and chocolate. I love this and I love so much more.

Libyan artist Hedaya Kelani is creating a 'Libyan Heritage' series where she creatively expresses parts of Libyan culture and traditions in her artwork. Below are some of her pieces.

More of Hedaya Kelani's artwork can be found on her Instagram