Descendants of the ancient Arameans and Phoenicians, whose blood mixed with the Romans and Arabs, Egyptians and Persians, the Lebanese carefully preserve their traditions and customs. Once in this country, the traveler gets a chance to plunge into the wonderful world of the Middle East with its special flavor and get a hefty portion of impressions and emotions. Even the most ordinary traditions of Lebanon will seem rather exotic, especially if they are demonstrated to the guest by hospitable hosts..
We ask to the table!
Having received an invitation to spend an evening with the family, you should immediately accept it, because it is in the homes of local residents that the traditions of Lebanon are carefully preserved, passed on from grandfathers to grandchildren. Be sure to buy small souvenirs for the hosts and their children or sweets for tea.
First of all, the guest will be served a cup of aromatic coffee made on the sand, and then invited to the table. First, the older members of the family sit down, and the guest waits for him to be shown a place at the table..
The numerous dishes prepared by the hostess are important to try without exception. According to Lebanese tradition, one should eat slowly and in small portions, maintaining a table conversation. You shouldn't ask questions about religion or politics, and the topic of war is important to avoid. Popular Lebanese table conversations - children and their successes, world news, discussion of shopping and plans for a vacation or weekend.
"Let's go and help!"
This is how the main motto of local residents is translated, in honor of which a special dance was even invented. In the old days, according to Lebanese traditions, it was customary to cope with serious problems with the whole world. For example, building a house required tremendous physical effort, and therefore all friends and neighbors were involved in this process..
The roofs of Lebanese dwellings used to be made of straw, which was evenly trampled with water and clay to strengthen it. Simple movements of several people formed the basis of dabka - a national dance, which is now customary to perform at all celebrations and holidays.
Useful little things
- You can greet a Lebanese friend not only with a handshake, but also with a three-fold kiss. But it is customary to greet a lady with a restrained nod of the head and at a respectful distance, unless the woman herself takes a step towards.
- The owner of the family should give gifts when they come to visit. Serve them with your right hand or with both if the souvenir is heavy. It is not customary to use your left hand here..