eid barbara

On the eve of December 3rd of each year, Lebanese people celebrate Eid el-Berbara or Saint Barbara’s. Children disguise in costumes and knock on the neighbours’ door singing “Heshle Berbara wel ameh bel couara”. This Holiday refers to Berbara (300 A.D.) who escaped her pagan dad. Her father send his soldiers after her because she converted into Christianism. It is told that she disguised and ran away through fields of wheat.

Boiled wheat or Kamhiye is also consumed on Edi el-Berbara, and which consists of boiled wheat with sugar and anis and topped with nuts and raisins.

Other sweets include crunchy Mshabbak, Ouweymat and Maacaroun!

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eid barbara