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As in all Arab countries, family and family values are traditionally a priority in Kuwait, as well as respect for the older generation and love for children.
From early childhood, a child in Kuwait learns that elders must not only be respected, but also provide them with all the necessary assistance, at the same time they teach the child that all members of a large family need to interact peacefully and calmly, conflicts are unacceptable, scandals are impossible ...
As a result, the family in Kuwait is a priority, even the degree of Kuwaiti's success is often determined not so much by his prosperity and career achievements as by his position in society, influence in the family and clan, that is, by the tribal group.
The local concept of reputation is directly related to the level of influence on social and family life, in addition, this concept is associated not only with personal success, but also with the success of the entire clan as a whole.
There is a good tone and education in Kuwait in the form of hospitality, loyalty to other clans and guests of the country, generosity to less successful tribesmen. By and large, Kuwaitis spend their entire lives on proving and maintaining their social status, which is inextricably linked with their family.
The concept of a family, as already noted, is associated with communality and clannishness into a single whole, as it happened historically, Islam only strengthened this tradition. Although today the size of the Kuwaiti family has somewhat decreased, sociologists attribute this to the beginning of oil production, which has made it possible to raise the standard of living of the entire population of the country. It's just that now the family can afford a separate house, whereas earlier representatives of several generations lived in one dwelling.
However, nevertheless, family ties are not broken, nepotism and clannishness are still strong and indestructible in Kuwait. Large families are in the blood of Kuwaitis, the number of children from time immemorial has been the basis of prestige and social success, especially when it comes to naturally sons.
Although the attitude towards children and their number has not changed, at present there is still a slight decrease in their number in families, more and more families where there are only three or four children, according to Kuwaiti concepts, is not a lot.
Historically, Kuwait has developed a male and female division of the family home. However, in modern reality, people are increasingly forced to abandon this tradition, although the main earner in the family is the man, whose duty is to provide his family with everything necessary, and the duty of the wife, respectively, is to look after the household and children.
Until recently, marriages in Kuwait were coordinated and arranged by elders, it never even occurred to anyone to disobey, but today it has become easier to see a family union between representatives of different clans and clans, while parental consent is necessary for marriage.
Modern Kuwaiti society does not restrict women in their rights and freedoms at all, on the contrary, women themselves set restrictions of their own accord, some of the fairer sex are happy to remain the housewife and mother, and the level of wealth in the house is shifted onto strong male shoulders, as well as social and political life.
In Kuwait there is an interesting custom, preserved from Bedouin times, a kind of general assembly called "Devaniyya". Previously, it was a meeting of all the men of the tribe in one tent to solve all the pressing problems of society, and now it has been transformed into a social event, being an important ritual of local public life.
The owner of the house in Kuwait, in which the men's meeting is held, is ready to do everything in order to leave the best impression of himself, wives and children, of course, are not allowed to the meeting. Men at the meeting not only solve problems and discuss business issues, but also eat light snacks and drink traditionally revered coffee, and the host of the meeting makes sure that no one gets bored and does not need anything.
An invitation to such a meeting is considered the highest degree of respect. Alcohol, by the way, is not used, it is generally prohibited by law, although some people violate this prohibition, but only at home, when no one sees, appearing outside the house while drunk is not just unacceptable, but punishable by law.
Wedding customs in Kuwait provide for the payment of kalym for the bride, and sometimes excessively large, but most importantly, the kalym is considered the property of the bride, she herself disposes of it at her discretion. Kuwaitis communicate and meet mainly in their family circle, which includes all the numerous relatives of the clan, communication with strangers is not encouraged.
Respect for the older generation is unshakable and indestructible, even children can disobey their mother, but not their father, but they don’t disobey their grandmother under any circumstances, let alone grandfather. The hospitality of Kuwaiti families also has its own traditional nuances. For example, according to custom, it is necessary to postpone the moment of the meal as long as possible, because the longer the host talks to the guest, the more respect he shows.
The government and state structures in Kuwait fully support nepotism and priority treatment of the family, and assistance to a young family is expressed materially. The grooms are provided with material assistance equal to a good kalym, the young wife is paid an allowance, as well as for each child under eighteen years old.
A woman is also not forgotten by the state, if she is a wife and mother, she is also paid an allowance, and then an old-age pension. The government takes over the housing issue of the new unit of society, providing a family that has shown their strength for free a house, or issues a loan for the construction of their own house.