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Traditional day in Rashayya, start of mooneh season in rural areas


In collaboration with the municipality of Rashayya al Wadi, ‘Rashayya & Beyond’ association organized on Sunday the ‘Molasses Day’ for the third consecutive year to promote the heritage craft of grape molasses making the village is famed for. Around 4000 participants toured Rashayya’s traditional landmarks, namely the ancient molasses presses, Mar Moussa Church and the Vow Tree, as well as the heritage souk where they learned about the making of conventional fireplaces or stoves and silver making industry. The day closed with the distribution of prizes among participants. On the other hand, Al Diyar newspaper drew attention today to the traditional mooneh preparation, noting that despite the availability of cheap foodstuff at commercial stores, yet the special taste and quality of home made food, free from artificial preservative materials, continue to be very popular. Many rural women across the country remain very keen to prepare their house-made preserved food, with the start of each mooneh season, in order to satisfy their household needs as well as earn some extra income by selling their products to shops or to housewives who can no longer prepare traditional mooneh delicacies. “A house empty of mooneh is not a real house”, Um Samir told Al Diyar reporter, boasting that every season prides itself on a set of mooneh treats. (Al Diyar, Al Akhbar, October 10, 2018)

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