Eid el Berbara or Saint Barbara’s Day

6 Dec

Kids wearing costumes for a competition party at Eid el Berbara

Eid el Berbara, celebrated on December 4th, is a very popular holiday here in Lebanon, specially among children because they have the occasion to disguise the way they like, to wear any kind of costumes, scary masks. It is the eastern Halloween.

This holiday refers to Saint Barbara who disguised herself in different characters in order to escape the Romans who were persecuting her. She used to hide in wheat fields. That’s why we eat this wheat  dessert at Sainte Barbara’s Day.

Boiled wheat topped with cashews, almonds, walnuts, raisins, sultanas and sweetened with either sugar or honey.

The children wear their costumes or masks and tour the neighborhood, visit the houses for trick or treats… They receive either sweets, candy or money…. and when present at your doorstep, they start singing a special song for Saint Berbara.


As for the traditional food, several sweets are prepared for this occasions. And yummii, how delicious they are!!!  There are, boiled whole wheat, flavored with anis, served with almonds, blanched or unblanched, pistachios, raisins, walnuts, pine nuts, and sweetened with either sugar or honey and with a drizzle of orange blosson water. Also a sweet called Qatayef, a sweet dough like a crêpe filled with either ashta (cream), which we drizzle over some sugar syrup (Qater) and rose petals cooked with sugar syrup, or a mixture of crushed walnuts with sugar and orange blossom water.  And a fried dough soaked in sugar syrup called Maacroun.

Qatayef with mixture of walnuts, sugar & orange blossom water


7 Responses to “Eid el Berbara or Saint Barbara’s Day”

  1. Reina Abou Daher December 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    this event very beautiful especially in Lebanon.

    • Fragolina December 4, 2011 at 7:48 am #

      Same to you. I also love the customes and the songs. and specially the yummii sweets, like the maacroun. thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  2. confettina December 6, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    My friends and I prepared desserts for Eid el Berbara last weeekend. Yummy, I love the wheats with orange blossom and nuts. Mmmm!

    • Fragolina December 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

      🙂 Welcome back!! I love all these desserts, either wheats or qatayef…


  1. Pumpkin Soup & Sweets for the Eid el Berbara « Fragole E Farfalle - December 5, 2011

    […] sunday was a holiday, the feast of Saint Barbara, Eid el berbara, celebrated mostly by children who wear costumes and masks and go knocking on doors to collect […]

  2. Maacroun « Fragole E Farfalle - December 6, 2010

    […] is a dessert that’s also prepared on Eid el Berbara and it is one of the most delicious sweets. I prepared the dough myself, my first time, and the […]

  3. Qatayef « Fragole E Farfalle - December 6, 2010

    […] is an Arabic dessert made from a simple dough batter. It is prepared on holidays. And specially on Eid el Berbara. And it is similar and cooked like pancakes. Filled with either cream,  Ashta, and served with […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: