Twenty-one days before Christmas, the Latin parish of Jerusalem celebrates Saint Barbara

The Latin parish of Jerusalem celebrated St. Barbara as due on Sunday 4th December. Many legends surround the life of the saint, who was martyred in Lebanon in the 3rd century. Legends or not, the traditions remain alive in the Middle East and, whilst in Lebanon on the eve, people dress up and visit houses to ask for sweets, in Jerusalem on the same day, people go to visit the elderly, taking “Burbara”, a sweet dish of boiled wheat grains, flavoured with aniseed and decorated with dried (…)

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