Home Magazine Listicles The unwritten rules of Lebanese people are a must-know to understand our culture. Never say you’re not hungry when your grandma offers you food You do not want to cause drama. Do not watch videos or listen to voice notes people send you out loud in public You don’t want it to be another embarrassing “hala bel khamis” video. Avoid driving in Antelias and Dbayeh around 7PM You do not want to get stuck in traffic for the rest of your life. No one must know that you eat chicken without garlic Chicken without garlic? Seriously? Your friends did not forget your birthday; they’re planning a surprise party. You act surprised every single year. Mornings are dedicated to Fairuz If you do not listen to the songs of Fairuz in the mornings, chances are that the driver next to you is listening to “Zourouni” out loud. Never open an umbrella indoors in front of old people Apparently, opening an umbrella indoors will bring you bad luck. You probably want to avoid dirty looks. A mezza without hummus is not a mezza Sunday is family day There’s nothing better than having lunch with your relatives at your grandma’s who is the best cook you know. Saturday nights are for partying Parties in Beirut always rock! When your parents say “men chouf” or “inchallah” it means no – Fiye edhar boukra 3ashiye? – Men chouf. Your neighbors are surveillance cameras They’re protecting your neighborhood for free! Hiding in your room when guests are over is not the best idea Visits in Lebanon can last for more than five hours, so it’s better to make provisions before hiding from your guests. There’s always this kind neighbor who volunteers to turn on the “disjoncteur” of all the apartments Not all heroes wear capes! You should know how to dance the dabke That’s the golden rule!