It’s one of two holy weeks for Easter in Lebanon. Easter is a big deal in Lebanon and, depending on the neighborhood, you can feel the جو in the streets the entire week leading up to Easter Sunday. Offices and schools are typically closed on Friday and Monday for both the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Easters – which this year are a week apart.
ALPS will be closed on Friday the 30th of March, Monday the 2nd and Monday the 9th of April. At this occasion, ALPS wishes every one a Happy Easter!
Christ is Risen, He is indeed.
In Arabic: المسيح قام، حقًّا قام
Some people would also choose to say: فُصح مَجيد for happy Easter.
Easter is a time for many traditions in the Levant: painted eggs are offered to family and guests as well as the famous “ma3muul”, مَعمول ; an oriental pastry based on wheat paste and… butter! It’s stuffed with smashed pistachios – فِستُق حلبي, or with ground nuts جوز , or else with ground dates, تمر , and covered with white ground sugar. It’s a must to try!
Another tradition, on Holy Thursday, is to visit seven churches during the afternoon, as a pilgrimage. The mass celebrated on Holy Thursday also marks the commemoration of the feet washing during which the priest repeats the gesture of Jesus who lowered himself to wash the feet of his disciples. This ancient ritual takes its roots in Jerusalem, Palestine, with the birth of Christianity when the believers met every year on the night of Holy Thursday to do the same. It would be: for French readers, please go to https://fr.aleteia.org/2016/03/25/pourquoi-visitons-nous-sept-eglises-le-jeudi-saint-2
Then Friday is typically a time to fast, pray, grieve for Jesus death and on Sunday families go to church and then share a meal together to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. All churches stay open for these occasions, even in remote villages.
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