February 9, 2012 - Feast of St. Maron in Lebanon

Lebanon borders on Israel, a Jewish state, and Syria, which is largely Muslim; Lebanon's population includes about half Muslim and about 40% Christian people. Although this particular holiday is Christian, the minority religion, most government agencies and services are closed. The holiday feasts eaten today may include tabbouleh (bulgar wheat prepared with tomatoes, cucumbers, and lemon juice) and other favorite dishes. 

Hooray for Lebanon! It is ranked Number 1 of all Middle Eastern nations in guaranteeing civil rights and freedoms to its citizens.

A center of ancient history

Lebanon was the homeland of the Phoenicians, an ancient seafaring and trading culture that spread across the Mediterranean from 1550 BC to 300 BC.

Mr. Donn has links about the Phoenicians.

Here is some information about the Phoenician alphabet, which was one of the first in the world. Take a look—can you tell that the ancient Phoenician alphabet eventually evolved into the modern alphabet many of us use today? 

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