Lebanese Festival in San Antonio

Last weekend I joined my friend Celine in San Antonio for the Maharjan also known as the Lebanese Festival. The festival was held at Saint George Maronite Catholic Church where many came together to celebrate this middle eastern culture. The weekend was filled with authentic food, music, dancing, and vendors. I was really excited to experience Lebanese traditions. I wasn’t sure what all to expect, but I knew I was in for a treat. I love food and I’m pretty open to different cultural dishes. I actually believe every culture has their own delicious dish. Of course there are the traditional shish kebobs, but I wanted to get more immersed so I tried Lebanon’s national dish, kibbi. Kibbi is a squared piece of lamb and beef. It was tasty with a piece of pita bread. The main event of the festival was definitely the dancing. Dabke is such a festive dance that pumps you up by just watching. It’s a line dance that involves stepping and stompping your feet. The festival was quite informative; it was definitely the next best thing to being in Lebanon!

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