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Burning bukhoor

Bukhoor (Arabic: بخور‎), or Bakhoor, is the Arabic name given to woodchips soaked in fragrant oils.


In most Arab countries, bukhoor is the name given to scented bricks. These scented chips/bricks are burned in incense burners to perfume the home and clothing with a rich thick smoke. This is used specifically on special occasions like weddings or on Fridays or generally just to perfume the house.

The bukhoor is usually burned in a mabkhara, a traditional incense burner (censer). It is customary in many Arab countries to pass bukhoor amongst the guests in the majlis (Arabic مجلس, meaning congregation). This is done as a gesture of hospitality.

Bukhoor is very popular to remove the odor of fish after it is cooked inside the house.

For Christians, bukhoor is used during church services and at houses as a blessing.

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