Hayat Washington

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America celebrated the Holy Land Festival on July 15th in Washington.

On a beautiful, sunny day, hundreds of visitors gathered in the courtyard of the monastery, where dozens of tents, with a variety of vendors, including charities exhibited commodities from the Holy Land in Palestine.  Some vendors offered eastern Arabic cuisine like Shawerma, Hummus, falafel, and other delicious Arabic cuisines. Other vendors offered antiques, books, perfumes and soap extracted from Palestinian olive oil.

The festival also included charitable organizations and institutions in the Holy Land that help orphans, students and families in need, as well as institutions concerned with freedom of religion and worship around the world.

Within the monastery, seminars were held, including those who spoke about the persecution of the Christians around the world and in the Middle East by militant groups.

Images of churches in the Middle East were displayed inside the monastery detailing the origins of Christianity since the advent of Christ. Outside the monastery, an enthusiastic audience joined veiled girls performing the famously popular Dabka dance to the melodies of Dalouna and Arab Shababa.

The Holy Land Festival has been organized by The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America for the past four years.

‬حياة‭ ‬واشنطن

احتفلت‭ ‬دير‭ ‬الفرانسسكية‭ ‬بواشنطن‭ ‬بمهرجان‭ ‬الأرض‭ ‬المقدسة‭ ‬والذي‭ ‬اقامته‭ ‬في‭ ‬الخامس‭ ‬عشر‭ ‬من‭ ‬شهر‭ ‬يوليو‭ ‬الماضي‭ ‬في‭ ‬ساحة‭ ‬الكنيسة‭. ‬

وتجمع‭ ‬المئات‭ ‬من‭ ‬الزوار‭ ‬في‭ ‬ساحة‭ ‬الكنيسة‭ ‬التي‭ ‬نصب‭ ‬بها‭ ‬العشرات‭ ‬من‭ ‬الخيم‭ ‬التي‭ ‬احتوت‭ ‬على‭ ‬معروضات‭ ‬من‭ ‬منظمات‭ ‬خيرية‭ ‬وسلع‭ ‬من‭ ‬الأرض‭ ‬المقدسة‭ ‬بفلسطين‭ ‬عرضها‭ ‬باعة‭ ‬مختلفون‭. ‬واستمتع‭ ‬الحضور‭ ‬بزيارة‭ ‬الخيم‭ ‬العديدية‭ ‬في‭ ‬يوم‭ ‬مشمس‭ ‬وصحو‭. ‬

وعرض‭ ‬بعض‭ ‬الباعة‭ ‬المأكولات‭ ‬الشرقية‭ ‬العربية‭ ‬ومنها‭ ‬الشاورما‭ ‬والحمص‭ ‬والفلافل‭ ‬وغيرها‭ ‬من‭ ‬الأكلات‭ ‬العربية‭ ‬الشهية‭ ‬والتي‭ ‬تجمع‭ ‬حولها‭ ‬العديد‭ ‬من‭ ‬الزوار‭. ‬

وعرض‭ ‬البعض‭ ‬التحف‭ ‬والكتب‭ ‬والعطور‭ ‬والصابون‭ ‬المستخرج‭ ‬من‭ ‬زيت‭ ‬الزيتون‭ ‬الفلسطيني‭. ‬

وشارك‭ ‬بالمهرجان‭ ‬ايضاً‭ ‬منظمات‭ ‬ومؤسسات‭ ‬تقدم‭ ‬الأعمال‭ ‬الخيرية‭ ‬بالأراضي‭ ‬المقدسة‭ ‬مثل‭ ‬مساعدة‭ ‬الأيتام‭ ‬والطلبة‭ ‬والعائلات‭ ‬المحتاجة‭. ‬بالإضافة‭ ‬الى‭ ‬مؤسسات‭ ‬تعنى‭ ‬بحريات‭ ‬الأديان‭ ‬والعبادة‭ ‬حول‭ ‬العالم‭.‬

وفي‭ ‬داخل‭ ‬الكنيسة‭ ‬عقدت‭ ‬ندوات‭ ‬منها‭ ‬من‭ ‬تحدث‭ ‬عن‭ ‬اضطهاد‭ ‬المسيجيين‭ ‬حول‭ ‬العالم‭ ‬وفي‭ ‬الشرق‭  ‬الأوسط‭ ‬من‭ ‬قبل‭ ‬جماعات‭ ‬متشددة‭. ‬

وعرض‭ ‬على‭ ‬جدران‭ ‬الكنيسة‭ ‬من‭ ‬الداخل‭ ‬العديد‭ ‬من‭ ‬صور‭ ‬لكنائس‭ ‬في‭ ‬الشرق‭ ‬الأوسط‭ ‬مع‭ ‬شرح‭ ‬تفصيلي‭ ‬عن‭ ‬نشأة‭ ‬الديانة‭ ‬المسيحية‭ ‬منذ‭ ‬ظهور‭ ‬المسيح‭ ‬حتى‭ ‬يومنا‭ ‬هذا‭. ‬

وفي‭ ‬الخارج‭ ‬قامت‭ ‬فتيات‭ ‬محجبات‭ ‬بأداء‭ ‬رقصة‭ ‬الدبكة‭ ‬الشعبية‭ ‬الشهيرة‭ ‬والتي‭ ‬شارك‭ ‬بها‭ ‬بعض‭ ‬الجمهور‭ ‬المتحمس‭ ‬على‭ ‬انغام‭ ‬الدلعونة‭ ‬والشبابة‭ ‬العربية‭. ‬

هذا‭ ‬وتقوم‭ ‬الكنيسة‭ ‬الفرانسسكية‭ ‬بتنظيم‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬المهرجان‭ ‬كل‭ ‬عام‭ ‬على‭ ‬مدار‭ ‬السنوات‭ ‬الأربع‭ ‬الماضية‭. ‬