Any Lebanese who grew up in Lebanon can relate to the cultural traditions connected with Eid Al-Adha.
Eid Al-Adha is a traditional yearly holiday celebrated in Islam, reflecting sacrifice, strong sacred beliefs, and the sharing of kindness.
In Lebanon, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated by the Muslim communities in their religious traditions, yet communities of all faiths participate in the exchange of greetings and wishes and attend Eid social events.
In a country that takes pride in its coexistence of 18 religious sects, this occasion, like the other traditional religious ones of the different communities, brings a festive mood that is felt across Lebanon.
The Eid is also an occasion that blesses the people with a time to temporarily forget their burdens and hardships as they lose themselves in their written and unwritten cultural traditions.
It isn’t really Eid if your grandmother and the entire neighborhood aren’t molding and stuffing maamoul and… you not daring to step foot in the kitchen because they will trap you in there and put you to work.
This is the time you reunite with your favorite cousins and get introduced to relatives you never even knew you had. Nonetheless, love is always there. However, this tradition will most likely be watered down into a phone call due to the unaffordable fuel prices in the country …
It is a time for expats and youth studying abroad to come back home to celebrate with their families.
Beirut’s airport has been even busier as a bee hive this week, with Lebanese coming back to celebrate Eid with their loved ones, surrounded by people on the streets that may be strangers but remain familiar.