Palestinians in Lebanon's Refugee Camps Keep Wedding Traditions Alive

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Palestinians in Lebanon's Refugee Camps Keep Wedding Traditions Alive
Fri 14-06-2013

Palestinians are keeping their wedding traditions alive in the refugee camps across Lebanon.

According to Voa News, an organization called the Social Support Society tries to provide elderly Palestinians with places to socialize and activities like arts and crafts and field trips.

Reviving traditional weddings is an initiative of the Social Support Society, which sponsored the wedding.  The organization selects engaged couples who cannot afford to pay for a wedding.

"The society also hosts weddings for young Palestinian couples, giving the elderly a chance to celebrate and pass on some of the traditions of their homeland."

"At a Palestinian wedding in Dibbyeh, Lebanon, many traditional customs are practiced, including the Debke - a dance performed throughout the region. The Palestinian version dates back hundreds of years. The attire, food and music are also traditional."

68 year old Shafika Shalaan, originally from Aqqa, now the city of Acre in Israel, says: 

"This wedding is really important because it reminds us with our culture and our heritage so we will not forget it and at the same time, we can deliver it to the new generations."

"The Palestinian wedding should keep going for seven days before the wedding, and on the wedding night, they … apply henna, the bride on two hands with henna, the groom on one hand," said Asriye el Ali, 67. "The day of the wedding … they bring elderly women to sing and they sing while the brides' parents' family makes the food. And they bring a barber to cut the groom's hair."