Color and Essence of Greece at Pageant in Byblos – The Nationwide Herald

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Could 21, 2019

The previous souk in Byblos, Lebanon. (Photograph: Wikipedia/Public area)

BYBLOS, LEBANON – An “essence of Greece” will flood the city of Byblos, regionally often known as Jbeil, on the shores of the Mediterranean in Lebanon this June. Byblos will host the Greek Pageant of Lebanon, an occasion that’s held for the primary time on this nation. For 3 days, beginning on June 7, the Lebanese metropolis will pattern Greek music, meals and dance.

“The Greek Pageant of Lebanon is just not solely a pageant. It’s an expertise for all of the senses. Greek delicacies will meet the music and dance traditions of Greece…promising a novel expertise for all guests,” mentioned the organisers.

“That is the primary time a big open air pageant of this type has been organised for the reason that finish of the civil struggle in 1975. We solely had small-scale occasions in accommodations or smaller venues, however nothing this massive,” George Eid, the pageant’s organiser and director of operations, informed Athens-Macedonian Information Company (ANA). The assistance supplied by Greece’s ambassador to Lebanon Fragiskos Verros was essential for the profitable setup and administration of the pageant, Eid informed ANA.

“Every little thing about this pageant is genuine, it comes from the center,” says Eid, journalist and creator of ‘Kalimera Males Beirut’, which suggests “Good morning from Beirut”, a documentary on Lebanon’s Greek neighborhood. Eid is the grandson of a Greek refugee and has lengthy historic ties with Greece by means of his lineage from the Greek island of Samos, in addition to town of Izmir on the Turkish coast.

Lebanon’s Ministry of Tourism is sponsoring the pageant in collaboration with the Greek embassy.
Jbeil has been declared a world monument of cultural heritage by UNESCO and is thought for exporting cedar wooden to the world from its port.

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