Most Muslims and those who celebrate Eid Al Fitr tend to enjoy the first morning after a month of fasting, by having the sweetest breakfasts of Knefe and the most delicious lunches of all, Wara2 3inab (Cooked vine leaves). However, and to some other Tripolitans, Eid is way beyond food and drinks, it’s about happiness, having one and sharing it too.
A bunch of white-hearted guys and girls from different parts of Lebanon have gathered on the entrance of Tripoli, the morning of Eid, changed their outfits into red noses and colorful wigs, and then went ahead and walked inside the old city ringing bells, drumming and chanting to spread the joy.
Happy faces, the name that was given to this activity recently, has started in 2013 during the infamous Tebbaneh-Jabal Mohsen fighting rounds, when a group of Tripolitans had decided it’s about time somebody took a stand and said no to violence. With only a few hours between the decision was made and the next morning, a group of around 8 had dared to enter the bloody neighborhood of Tebbaneh, and later on Jabal Mohsen, wearing very basic make up and with very limited resources, invaded the tiny streets with pounding-but-hopeful hearts, hoping they could make a difference.
Three years and over a dozen clown walks later, they have become a sight to see in Trablos, some people even dare to say they expect them in every festive occasion. Their last of walks was in the old souks, they were almost 15 individuals from all over Lebanon giving an unforgettable show to Tripolitans on the morning of Eid, July 6th 2016.
Photos below are taken from their official page, where you can also see the below video.