The UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, known for spotlighting humanity’s diverse cultural expressions, recently recognized Lebanese Manouche as a crucial cultural asset.
Described as “the quintessential Lebanese breakfast,” the Manouche symbolizes much more. It’s a flavorful nod to Lebanese mornings, local old bakeries, and moments of community and connection.
This UNESCO recognition honors not just a dish but a cultural ritual that has been a cornerstone of Lebanese culture, weaving together baking, topping, and sharing into a symphony that resonates across generations.
Accompanying the Manouche in this year’s list are other regional traditions, including the dabke from Palestine, traditional glassblowing from Syria, and the Harees dish from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Oman.
These inclusions highlight the richness of Arab cultural practices and their importance in the global cultural tapestry.