The Traditional Palestinian Dabka Dance

Other occasions are The Land Day and Global Days where each country represents its dance. Because of its close linkage with joyful events, its mention evokes instinctive emotions that are triggered when the memories of the happy moments start trickling in an individual’s memory. Dabka dance is truly part of the Palestinian heritage (Nazir, 2015).
In as far as the history of the Dabka dance is concerned, there are a few conflicting theories as to the exact geographical origin of the dance. However, popular anecdotes imply that it originated in the mountainous and hilly Levantine regions above the coastline of the Mediterranean and the Tigris River (Nazir, 2015). Some of those countries are Jordan, Palestine, Syria, and Egypt. However, all theories converge on the idea that it began around the construction of houses (Farsoun, 2004). To be more precise, the dance developed as a call to pull effort during the construction periods. In those times, roofs were made of dirt, and they required massive stomping of the dirt to solidify the roof and also make the dirt appear evenly distributed. (Al- Raja, 2012)
In order to fix the roof, the people would hold hands and start dancing their feet in a line thus causing the mud to adjust. Since stomping the feet in a stationary position with hands held is a difficult act, they had to jump about and subsequently the dance developed. (Elad, 2008) Whenever anyone noticed a crack in the walls or roof, all they needed to do was call out the neighbors through a yell that translates to, “let’s go and help,” and the dance would commence. From the above explanation, the reason for the dance comes out strongly as a call for help. It unites the community in combating problems and at the same time is a form of entertainment.