Highlights from the St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival

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(BIRMINGHAM, AL) — St. Elias Food and Cultural Festival is an annual event in Birmingham, Alabama that offers authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean food, a cultural experience, dancing, and Lebanese music.

Watch highlights below:

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New contest offers a chance to win free package trip to Lebanon


(BEIRUT, LEBANON) — Do you ever find yourself boasting your Lebanese pride to other people? If so, now’s your chance to become an official country ambassador, as part of a “Live Love Lebanon” contest.

“Live Love Lebanon” is an initiative by the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism that offers travel packages that promotes tourism by region and by 6 themes:

  • Culture Lovers
  • Adventure Lovers
  • Festival Lovers
  • Nature Lovers
  • Wine Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
The contest offers an opportunity to win prizes, including a free trip to Lebanon, by creating a unique video portraying your love to the country.

“From exciting Beirut nights to the serenity of its villages, and from the crashing waves of its shores to its snow-capped mountains, the Lebanese are showing the world what their country is truly about,” they wrote on YouTube.

For more information about the contest, click here. The competition ends on July 9 at midnight.

Watch the promotional video below:

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Christian Lebanese Foundation in the World hosts nationwide campaign to register Lebanese citizens

(WARREN, MI) — The Christian Lebanese Foundation in the World (CLFW) hosted a nationwide campaign this Sunday to register Lebanese-Americans as citizens. CLFW representatives in Houston, TX, Jacksonville, FL, and Warren, MI distributed promotional material and offered registration assistance to Lebanese-American parishioners nationwide, in an effort to increase Christian citizenship in the country.

CLFW is a non-profit organization that aims to re-connect Lebanese-Americans with their roots, by hosting citizenship drives and promoting civic engagement. This latest effort promises to register individuals and families free-of-charge.

The organization teamed up with the Lebanese Embassy and Consulates, the National Apostolate of Maronites (NAM), and several Lebanese-American organizations and clubs to promote the weekend citizenship drive. According to their Facebook page, those who register are entered into a chance to win free airline tickets to Lebanon.

Nano Rached, the regional coordinator for CLFW says it is particularly important to register because the Christian population in Lebanon “is going down.”

Watch the full video below for more information:

For those living in Metro Detroit, CLFW is hosting another registration opportunity at the Basilica of St. Mary in Livonia on June 22nd starting at 10am.

Al Saeh Book Drive

Lebanese-Americans from across the country have rallied together to restore the Al Saeh Library in Tripoli, Lebanon, which was tragically destroyed by extremists on January 3rd.

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