The Chechia is the close-fitting traditional red skull cap worn in Tunisia. The history of the Chechia in Tunisia dates back five hundred years, to the time when AndalusianArabs arrived from Spain. A cousin of the European beret, the head piece comes in several types and colours, but only the Tunisian Chechia is red in colour.
Before Tunisia's independence in 1956, all civil servants wore the Chechia. The industry is now in severe decline, despite attempts in the 1990s to revitalise it by manufacturing new varieties in different colours. Wearing the Chechia is now typically confined to holidays and religious occasions, or is associated with the elderly! Figures show that the number of Chechia makers, which used to exceed 100, has fallen to fewer than 50 craftsmen!
Discounts of between 5 to 20% were offered from 15-30 November 2009, to promote the Chechia, in the second traditional Chechia promotional campaign, to encourage Tunisians to buy more traditional products! Every year, March 16th in Tunisia marks National Traditional Industries and National Dress Day, when all civil servants wear traditional dress, including the Chechia!
This summer, 2010, Tunisia will organise 'The International Festival Of Chechia.' Programmed in, are carnivals, stage shows, theatrical events, an operette, as well as lectures and documentaries on the subject. During the festival Tunisia will also attempt to enter the 'Guinness World Records,' by creating the largest Tunisian Chechia! The event is set to visit different countries, starting with France and Spain in future years!
SUMMER IN TUNISIA 2009
Residents and regular visitors to Tunisia will know that summer in Tunisia is not only about soaking up the sun on its miles and miles of glorious sandy beaches!
Summer in Tunisia equals concerts, soirées and festivals in almost every town, city and village to suit all tastes!
Whether you prefer jazz, opera, comedy, theatre or the latest pop music, there will be at least one performance in Tunisia that will give you a night to remember!
Visitors in the most frequented tourist resorts of Monastir, Sousse, Hammamet, La Marsa or Bizerte are well catered for.
As are lovers of Jazz who head for the town of Tabarka, each summer, year after year! Those staying in Hammamet in 2009, will be missing out if they don't try to see at least one of the concerts in The House of Sebastian Cultural Centre this summer with two of its featured acts being the singers Tania Maria and Tina Arena!
The sell-out Carthage Festival this year played host to the famous Charles Aznavour whilst a treat for many was the classical concert held in a delightful, candlelit setting and some of the best Roman ruins in the whole of Africa - El Djem!
Yasmine Azaiez is a 20 year old Tunisian virtuoso who studied for 11 years in London who gave a stunning performance
at El Djem this year, also appearing in Hammamet!
A Candle-lit Classical Concert At El Djem, Tunisia, Some Of The Best Roman Ruins In Africa!
SUMMER FESTIVALS WITH A DIFFERENCE!
6th Annual Fish Festival
La Goulette, Tunis
27 - 31 July 2009
The 1st day of this event attracted 150,000 citizens!
40 restaurants presented their customers with the best varieties of fish at a special price of less than 8 dinars per course!
HAPPY TUNISIA - JULY 2009!
In a report recently published by British think-tank "New Economics Foundation" (NEF), Tunisia is ranked 29th out of 143 countries in the world, according to the institution's "Happy Planet Index."
The Report, which surveyed 99% of the planet's population, is an attempt to classify countries according to their quality of life. This assessment of peoples' happiness, which is measured by life expectancy (health), environment protection (rational utilisation of natural resources) and life satisfaction (living quality), is calculated on the basis of a score ranging between 1 and 10 from individual surveys carried out on a sample of population.
With such a score, Tunisia is doing better than such developed countries like the Netherlands (43rd), Germany (51st), Switzerland (52nd), Belgium (64th), Italy (69th), France (71st), Great Britain (74th), Canada (89th), Australia (102nd) and the United States of America (114th)!