Travel Diary: Weekend in Anjar for Khatch - Nouchaline

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Travel Diary: Weekend in Anjar for Khatch

My swing. 
I know that trip from Beirut to Anjar does not technically justify "travel", but since I didn't get to travel anywhere this summer let's just go along with it, shall we? The weekend of September 13th was "Sourp Khatch" (Holy Cross? Saint Cross? Eid El Salib? Not sure what the equivalent is in English or Arabic) and basically it's the eid/celebration of Anjar where a ton of Armenians (and Lebanese, we don't bite I promise) from all over Lebanon come to the village and celebrate for a whole weekend. The main street of Anjar that takes you up to the big church is closed to automobiles and has little kiosks on the side where you can get jewelry, food, jam, sunflowers and general bits and bobs. Some people even set up camp for the weekend in the forrest-y areas next to the main street. At the church, there's musical entertainment in the garden and the church people cook "Hariseh" (which is like a meat stew mixture thing). Basically it's a fun weekend of gathering and general jolliness before the start of schools, kind of like an official "farewell to summer" village party. Even though I go up to Aanjar almost every weekend, this year's trip to "Sourp Khatch" was only my second (that I can recall). I didn't do too much celebrating since I didn't go up with any friends, but just the fact that I was far away from polluted Beirut in a clean village with awesome weather was enough for me to enjoy my time. This year's celebrations weren't as crazy as previous years since not a lot of people went up to Aanjar fearing the tense situation of the country (and especially the Bekaa Valley). Either way, I snapped some pics which I thought I'd share with you guys! 

Pomegranates chilling in my garden. 
Can you spot my mom?

Fresh sunflower seeds. 

Converse and jeans, Village attire. 

Farmer on his tractor.

The symbol of Lebanon, the cedar tree. 

Henna Tatoos. 
With mommy and aunty. 

The local po po!

Cotton Candy!
Church looking pretty at night. 
Herissa in the marking.
Knefe! Nomnomnom


  1. These pictures are so prettyy!!!! The colors are so gorgeous! And your swing is the loveliest thing ever I wish I had one! Never been to Anjar but this made me want to visit SO bad :DDD

  2. I enjoyed this!! Nice pictures, thanks for sharing!!! :))

  3. Such a light-hearted post!! we need more like this :D
    and I want sunflower seeds

  4. Lovely photos!!!


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