Proverb of the day: Once he started a henna business (for weddings), sadness multiplied

Ahram Online , Wednesday 1 Jul 2015

Once he started a henna business (for weddings), sadness multiplied

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جا يتاجر ف الحنة, كترت الأحزان

Ga yetager fi el henna ketret el ahzan

Translation: Once he started a henna business (for weddings), sadness multiplied.

Meaning: This proverb is used to portray an unexpected reversal of fortune, as when someone gets ready to start a line of business and suddenly there is no more demand. The imagery, that of a village or a town ceasing to demand henna for weddings, is dramatic and suggests memories of war, famine, or extreme domestic turbulence.

 

Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha,

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

 

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