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Washing their hair with herbs
submitted by Toine Van Teeffelen

"It is in April that the mysterious Thursday of the Plants (Khamis el-Nabaat) usually falls; it is fourteen days before Good Friday (old style)... In some villages young girls still go out on this Thursday afternoon to the fields and gather sweet smelling herbs and flowers. While cutting the herbs they say, "Crack and scratch; what medicine for the head, O plant?" (Taqsh w natsh shu dawa el ras ya shajarah). On their return home they place their flowers in water and leave them all night under the open sky in order that the stars may act upon them. With this water they wash their hair on the Friday following, believing that this practice will increase their beauty and chances of marriage."

Grace Crowfoot and Louise Baldensperger, From Cedar to Hyssop: A Study in the Folklore of Plants in Palestine, The Sheldon Press, London, 1932.

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