Easter is the Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and for many Christians, it's the most important celebration. The Christian population in Lebanon, the largest of all Arab countries, is 40% with various communities, including Orthodox Christian, Maronite and Armenian. Though not always on the same dates for the Orthodox Christians (who follow a different calendar), Easter in Lebanon is celebrated similarly as it is in the West with processions, church services and large family gatherings. Special dishes are enjoyed, Easter eggs are decorated and everyone looks forward to the egg cracking game on Easter Sunday.
Special anise and sesame cookies, called Kaak el Chaanineh, are made especially for Palm Sunday, and you can find a recipe for the below cookies here
|Kaak el Chaanineh, Palm Sunday Cookies|
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