MECHWAR BEL WADI: Karkha The Southern Village Dedicated To St. John
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ Welcome back guys! After touring Akkar and going to the southernmost part of the border today we are going to the southern part of the border. 100% we are in Karkha, the village of agriculture. A very beautiful village, we will tell you about it.
Especially when we go for a walk on the river, you won't like it. Of course, this village is exceptional because it has the historical Mazar Mar Yohanna. A great story, we will tell you about it for the first time in Meshwar Be El Wadi. We met again to tour together and introduce you to Lebanon, the most beautiful country in the world. Our tour starts now.
♪ ♪ Where are we going? ♪ We are going to sit there. There is something very beautiful, an exceptional breakfast. And it has amazing things, you will see. Secrets.
♪ What does he do? He makes soap, he makes Kharoub, he has avocado, he will tell us about it. And he made an exceptional breakfast for you. Am I right? Yes. Welcome. I made the first dish, which is like this, it is a block.
I cut it lengthwise, and then I make a soap. And now I have another dish, which is a soup from yesterday. I make it like our family used to do, we do it. We soak it, and now we cook it, and we pour it in front of you in the mold here. We leave it to dry, and when it dries, we cut it again.
The village soap is made only from olive oil and costi salt. There is nothing else for it. There should not be any vegetable oil in it.
The olive oil is 100% pure, because the vegetable oil does not go well with the olive oil. Music Music This is how the soap table became. We are in a very nice house, because the trees are here. If you see how the thyme is dried behind us, you see kiwi, passiflora, grapes, whatever you want, whatever comes to your mind, it has it. The lady has raspberries, avocados, lavender, and she keeps them.
A typical house, all the agriculture is next to the house. I have a garden here of 5000 meters. Olives, avocados, lemon, lemon, Valencia, beech, kalamatin, walnuts, almonds, pine, pine nuts, flax, whatever you want, kiwi, Tuchame, the usual Arabian. Music I pick them and walk them, I take the leaves for myself, and for the house I use only the flowers.
The fruit of thyme. If a person has less than 5000 meters, and knows how to work, and asks if he doesn't know, and learns, he can make the same agreement with his mind. He can stay with it, if he wants, he can raise a chicken. I've been here for 3-4 years since the revolution, I don't eat meat from the market, chicken from the market, I eat eggs, and chicken.
I can raise a sheep, but you need to know the time, a person needs to have more time. What is it called? Apple of Hwad. Hwad. Yes, you can't say no to this. Now is the season.
This is the season. This small tree gives a lot. It's tasty.
You have a lot of them. A lot. You make Mouneh. The kiwi, and passion fruit. This is what's behind us. You can live a year without seeing the land.
And the guava. This tree and this tree. And the grape. We're done with the kiwi. You can leave it, I want to leave it. I want to leave it.
We cut it and open it? Yes. There's a knife on the... No, no, bring the knife. I don't need a knife. Look how nice.
Come closer, come closer, I want to taste something tasty. We don't touch the knife until it's sharp. There's a knife over there. I eat in the morning. How nice. They have a lot of fruits.
Hard. And this is the hard part. Each one has at least one seed. They don't want to leave it. No, they don't want to leave it.
God bless him. He's long. I want to leave it to go pick them. Nice. Whoever comes to me, I tell him to pick the tall ones and I leave the small ones to the people. I also have pine nuts.
I have pine nuts. I make 4-5 kilos of pine nuts a year. Thank God. God bless you. This is a fig.
A fig. It's also in season. Yes, it's in season and it's starting to ripen.
A fig, a grapefruit, and an almond. This is a walnut. God bless you. You're welcome. It's very hard. This is the third time.
We say that they shouldn't do this. I'm a dentist. A dentist? Yes, a dentist. This is not a brick spear. It's a wooden spear. You have to break it.
Welcome to the village. Thank you. Hello. How are you? I'm fine. Hello. How are you? This is my life.
I have all the agricultural equipment. This is a pot. This is a pot that I use to take flowers, rose water, and pine nuts. And perfume. We will taste the perfume. We make the perfume and the drink from it.
Just like they make the drink from the rose water. Our name is Nasoura. We are the head of the village of Karkha.
We are 700 people. We have 2 churches. We have the famous Mazar Mar Yohanna. We have the famous Mazar Mar Yohanna. 172 0:10:14,040 --> 0:10:04,020 he's the coffeemaker by the time you die, there's never going to be another coffee history. This is from the Mouneh that I make at home, it is made from oil and olives.
They prefer to sell the house's waste. This is perfume, this is Asaeen, this is rose water, this is molasses, this is rose water, this is lemon juice because we have a lot of lemon. Now you are making rose juice and perfume juice. What is the breakfast, Mark? Hummus, Balila, Labneh, and egg. They will waste time, I will start my breakfast.
I am hungry. They are picking. What is it guys? Come in. The bread is exceptional. Fresh, soft, look how it is rolled. The bread is great.
Foul and Hummus. Balila. Fresh. These are the lettuce for low-carb fast food. Lettuce website are links in the description.
gourmet food. These lemons are exceptional. Their kibble is delicious. Brother, the tabliche is nice. They are great.
Look, a small piece of hummus. Amazing. Guys, I will finish. Anthony, do you want sour? Come on, sour. From the garden. I feel like tasting its oils.
This is lemon. Tell me about its oils. They are amazing. Thank you. Here you go guys. The bread smells very nice.
Vegetables, foul, labneh, all are on the balcony and all are local. You should feed them, our day is long. There is a walk.
Hummus to your taste. One for your taste. This is all from my village.
Your sourness is local, the eggs are local, the olive oil is local. And the labneh. All of it.
My wife is also local. You know, I tried to put some of your sourness. Yes, it is exceptional. I will tell you about it and what they did with it.
The eggs with labneh, but with lemon as well. Bring me the plate of the doctor. It is amazing.
The eggs are crushed with lemon. It is tastier than that. I am the doctor. I don't want bread. Do you want? I will make it for you. Of course.
It is so delicious. Before we leave and start the tour, I hope you taste the olives. It is unbelievable. Unbelievable. Bonbon.
Yes. Let's go. Let's take it with us on the road. We will be lost and throw it away so we don't get lost. If you want to contact me and get 100% production without any preservatives, my name is Salih Bakhriyati, my phone number is 7012050.
The most beautiful village in the world The first stop is in a truly holy place. It is on the world map for religious tourism. There is also the biggest statue of St. John. 100% Anthony.
We are in an exceptional place. The whole history of this beautiful village revolves around the statue of St. John. This old monastery, in which this place was built, dates back to 1706.
It witnessed very important periods in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Two important patriarchs came here in the history of the Catholic Church. The first is Tirellus Tanas, who came here after his persecution of the Ottomans in 1724.
He is the first patriarch in the history of the Catholic Church, who, if you want, was related to the Holy See. He was also the first priest to be a patriarch. He studied in Rome the religious sciences.
We also have the patriarch Kirellus Sayag, who in 1795 also came to this place, to this monastery. We are talking about a monastery outside of the wall, which was found by his ancestors, they call it the area of the valley, which was the place of residence of this patriarch. If you want, we can say that the place where the patriarch was, was his monastery. So its history is very important, the history of persistence, the history of heroism, the history of martyrdom, and the history of faith.
This is, if you want, a glimpse, I will say, of the importance of the place we are in, which is the foundation of the village of Karkha, which was established here, and when it expanded, it went a kilometer there. We will continue our tour. We started in Karkha, and before we continue all day in this very important village, we mention that the village is important. Maybe it is not very well known, and not many people know or hear about it, but it is a very important center, especially for the Roman Catholics, who passed from here or started from here. We will get to know it and its importance in this main Lebanese village. Good morning. Welcome.
Jean Nakhle, the president of the municipality of Karkha, and the financial and administrative manager of the Mazar of St. John of Karkha. The Mazar was present since the days of Christ. Three things were present in it, the church and the cave that is below, which St. John of Karkha passed through, and the small church that was built in 1760. Mr. Charles Hanna is a man of work in the municipality of Karkha,
in America, the owner of Cedars Foods, to enlarge this Mazar and make it one of the most beautiful Mazar in the world. Its importance is very big, especially in this area, the south area, which is always mentioned as south. Now we proved that here, in the people who are coming, the south is like the land of the whole Lebanese area, and people are very happy.
The Mazar of St. John of Karkha This chest is present since the days of Christ, more than 2000 years. It is the symbol of this Mazar. That's why we are seeing it and trying to treat it so that this chest doesn't die.
We always treat it with the acid and the medicine that it causes. 329 0:19:00,060 --> 0:18:49,280 This is the only tree that doesn't make a in all the chests that are present. Secondly, we see the statue that is placed at the entrance of the square above. It is the biggest statue of St. John of the Cathedrals. He is presenting Christ to the world. This is a very important thing, that we have this thing present here, in this area.
Of course, you are touring the Mazar, you will see the priest's cemetery. There was a monastery here in 1700. The priests used to bury under the rock that is present here. There are also the cemeteries of the people of the village that used to bury about 200 years ago in this Mazar. The village was present in this area. There is a church down there that was built in 1706.
It is before the division of the Roman Catholic Monarchs from the Roman Orthodox. It was the eastern church. Then we will see the cave that St. John of the Cathedrals passed
through. This cave, of course, is not written or fixed. It is only the dates that were written. Inside the cave, there is a rock which has a hole under it. This rock 355 0:20:07,060 --> 0:20:03,040 the generations that passed, it establishes this thing. doesn't release water until the month of St. John with Mrs. Bechzehiran. Every year, and the rest of the year, no matter how much earthquakes come, storms, lightning, no water.
Secondly, we established this thing through connecting with the rose monasteries in Jerusalem. Through them, with the Franciscan monasteries, which are the guards of the Holy Grail in the Holy Land, there is a priest who speaks with Jesus. We asked him to give us a donation in this monastery. First, I refused, then I talked with Jesus and I confirmed that St. John is baptized in this area. Therefore, he gave us a donation from his grave and his house in Ain Karem in Jerusalem. This donation is
a stone engraved with the red candle, with a document from the guards of the grave, which is inside the church. We also did something to hit the saints. We wanted the idea to be that we and the saints are the last ones to be crucified. This is everything about the monastery. We saw the statue, we went down, and now we are at the church.
Why is St. John so important? St. John is so important in the life of the church. He is the intermediary between the Old Testament and the New Testament. He is the one who asked to be baptized in the way of the Lord. He is the prophet's seal. He is the one who prepared the hearts of these people to receive Jesus Christ.
The most important event in his life is the child, who was born in a miraculous way, from Zacharias and Elizabeth, by the grace of the Lord. He is the one who baptized Jesus Christ in the appearance of God. He said that if I baptize you with water, who will baptize you with the Spirit and fire? St. John is the inspiration of the monks, the resident of the convent, the symbol of the Zohd and the Batouliyeh. If we say as much about St. John,
it is not enough. His name is enough, his name is beautiful. God is under us. All the protection of God is in him.
We should not forget here to look at the work of the priest, the work of the lights and all the projections, whether the floor is above the fence, it is an old fence inside, a new fence outside, if you notice. The stone is smaller. What catches the eye is that all this stone is from the village, and how much fossil is in the village. There is no stone that is cut, we see it in all the circle, it has no small cracks.
So how much water reached here. This village has historical importance. The old way, if you want, the old Romanian way, which starts from Palestine, passing through Sour, Saida, it passes through Awliya, Karkha, and reaches Deen el Lekesh, and continues. That's why, logically, those who want to pass through Lebanon, they want to come here. According to the tradition of the intercession, they say that St. John the Baptist passed here, he sat in this cave, and also, in the tradition of the intercession, his disciples, who became disciples of the messengers of Christ, also passed through here.
This area is very important in the history of the first Christian communities. If you want, Lebanon was a part of this blessing, and it started here, in the south. We talked about Sour before, and today we talk about Karkha, and we talk about Sayed el Mantara. All these areas that are truly sacred, and anyway, the rain will show you how much peace there is, and how much you can hope and pray in this sacred place. One more thing about the story of St. John the Baptist, you know, in our tours in all the places, when you see the number of churches for the same saint in the same area, you know that he probably had presence here.
That's why, in the surroundings of this area, or in a centralized way, there are 7 churches that historically bear the name of St. John the Baptist. They told you that in the month of June, only in this month, as much as the storms pass, and the river is by our side, and as much as there are floods, there is this drop of water that falls, in this month that they celebrate the birthday of St. John the Baptist. We want to say that this cave has become very blessed, and has many greetings once a year.
On this site that we sat here, on the beautiful view, on the beautiful nature, on the right work that was done here, we will see with Mark, what is the importance of St. John and nature, and how, in preserving nature, this place was built, so that it enters with nature and it doesn't get lost. How beautiful! What do we learn from this place? We learn that it was a big statue, a very beautiful center, but they respected nature in the end. No matter how you walk here, you see a chest, you see a pine tree, for example, you see a cattle, which we will talk about, not that we came and filled the world, to build something beautiful, for example, for Mar Charbel, or for Jesus, or something like that. I am very happy because the places or places that you visit, and we are not behind the camera, we are not showing what we are saying, but we are showing what we are doing here.
So I think that they were hit from all sides. Look how beautiful, when I walk in this village, I saw that they told me about Mar Johanna, I saw how many plants are similar to Mar Johanna, we will try to film them, but more than that, who is Mar Johanna? No one will get it wrong, but he is the person who left humans, and lived in nature. They call him the scream of the wild. So here, somehow, we are spreading this idea, and we are spreading this idea, in accordance with the story, that basically, he said, first of all, nature.
Here is a typical Lebanese forest, at this height. We are seeing oak trees everywhere, we are also seeing the Syrax, they call it Haws, it is present a lot. I saw a few places like this, but it is very nice to talk about this tree, which is called Atleb.
In Lebanon, we have 2 Atlebs, Arbutus, Indrechne, and Enedo. We know them, one of them is in the red trunk. It is called Atleb, they say that the name comes from Palestine, because they think that there is someone, the story is funny, there is someone who asked his father to ask for a girl, and his father loved the girl. Then, the son killed his father.
So he killed his father, he threw him here, his father's blood became this red trunk, that's why it is called Atleb, so that's how it became. This is a great tree. The first thing you have to use a lot, from medicine to food, they call it, even in Arabia, when you go to Saadan, it is eaten.
I will tell you a lot of stories about it. We start with the fruits. Its fruits are called Arbusier, or strawberry tree. It looks like a strawberry. They call it Tizel Saadan, each one understands it like this.
The most important thing is that in Latin, it is called Arbutus, Enedo. Because the one who named this plant, it is not known if Enedo means that he ate one, it is not that tasty, he doesn't want to lose the taste of his mouth, or he ate it and didn't like it and threw it away. It is not ripe, if it was ripe, it would be all red, but now we are trying to taste it, it is Atleb, it is not bad. It looks like a cherry. No, no, it becomes big like a strawberry and has a lot of seeds.
Two other beautiful stories about it, this tree symbolizes Italy. Why? Because its trunk is red, leaves are green, its flower is white, like the Italian flag. Elie, Anthony and I walked on the Addison trail, it is a beautiful thing.
It is really beautiful. Through this trail, the strange thing is that they tell all people, they delivered the main idea of the church, that every person can be an Addison. We saw Addison from us, and Addison from outside our country, and they also have a presence in the hearts of Lebanese. So this is the path we are still walking to the Addison.
We are now in Hezayran, and behind us is a cave. Right, you will watch us in Hezayran. There is a cave, because this cave was built in its time, the visitors liked to stay and take pictures with it.
It is a very beautiful cave, it was built with a part of the natural rock that is here, and they decided to keep this cave, even all year long. This is really exceptional and rare to see. It is very beautiful, and it reminds us of the country of Jesus. The wood of course increased later, but it is still preserved from a long time. Where else do you see such a new stone, still preserved? This is an old vineyard, they put the grapes, they press them, they go down from here, they are lined up in the first one, then they go down to the second one, and of course it was used to be used for for making wine or to be boiled, to be made with it. but we have a secret that I didn't tell you it's heavy try it with your hand, put your finger in it 596 0:30:16,860 --> 0:30:02,540 molasses or carmeline bead the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib was built in 1955 the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib was built in 1955 the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib was built in 1955 the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib was built in 1955 the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib was built in 1955 the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib was built in 1955 the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib was built in 1955 the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib was built in 1955 the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib was built in 1955 the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib was built in 1955 the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib was built in 1955 the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib was built in 1955 the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib was built in 1955 the village church of Mar Yohanna el Habib We want to say that this tree, this watermelon, or as you said, it symbolizes the eternal life for many reasons. First, it is a green plant that is all year
long. It is strong and doesn't need a lot of water. It supports the heat and the cold. How are you?
Excellent. We also want to say that it is also related to death. To not get away from the idea, we shouldn't link it to this place because it is a tree full of life.
In the old cemeteries, for the people who died, they used to put 2 watermelons. Correct. For the children, 1 tree.
They say that each box is made of this wood and has from the leaves of this tree the things you put in it last forever and nothing happens to it. There are words. I am excited. There are words that are also related in the language to the subject of cypress. Among these famous words, which is sleeping under a cypress, meaning a person who died in Gherdane. Cypress is liked more from far than from close. We don't want to get close to each other.
We want to say that each tree symbolizes life and beauty. Lebanon, Lebanon, where? We have Lebanon in our hearts. In the songs of songs, there are many beautiful places that talk about Lebanon in the songs of songs.
Also, the sherbine and the sarou are mentioned. We will go back to Ashaya. Glory of Lebanon, to you come the sarou, the sandian, and the sherbine together for my decoration, my holy place, and I will glorify the place of my feet. This much, all these trees come together bearing all the glory of Lebanon, the beauty of Lebanon, and they sanctify the place. In the old times, when you say Lebanon, there are cedars, but there is always sarou and sherbine next to it. Hello. This is Shamsi.
What do you want? Can we eat directly? Not with the skewers? No. Shamsi. Very tasty. What is your name? Welcome. What is your name? Nour El Khariaty Abou Jihad.
Nice to meet you. What are the cucumbers? Very tasty. Here you go. Thank you.
Welcome. These are for people who are vegetarian like you. Thank you. Something very nice. Don't tell me.
Something amazing. Tell me more about olives. More than telling you about olives, I want to tell you about how our ancestors planted and benefited from everything. Look at the color. The olives are on the side. Wherever you cut, you see a crack.
They are far from each other. The olive is on the edge. First, it lowers the edge. The stones don't break it. This is a great way. In a big area, you can plant easily.
More importantly, the light is cut to plant between them. Each person has a piece of land with no water. He wants to plant it.
He plants wheat, lentils, and many agricultural practices. All the mankoushe are waiting to be planted. Only. In the heart of olives, this is now an intercropping. It is amazing.
Wherever you cut, you see the olive planted. I want to tell you something that I focused on in the morning. This is the best olive I have ever eaten.
Unbelievable. Look at the beautiful land. It is white and amazing for olives. We learn from this. Wherever we look, we see the olive planted. Look at the olive trees in front.
Now, Anthony, you have a nice surprise. We came to Abou Adia. Abou Adia is a farmer in Ajbek. He knows the news of the whole village. They told us to make you coffee.
Welcome. Welcome. Greetings. Hello. How are you? How are you? What's up? We want to meet you.
We want to meet you. We want to make coffee. This is here.
We will do all this together. I was born in independence. I was born in independence. My father told me that I was one month old when I was born.
I was 43. You light a small wood next to the other. You start with the wood. I am not ready yet. When I am ready, I do everything. You were born in this village.
You were raised in this village. You live in this village. This village is important. God bless you. What good news do we remember in this village? You were young and you grew up here. I was born in the village council.
I don't like the council. I don't like the council. My brother, who was an officer, may God rest his soul, he died in Canada. He went to the village council. He was with my father.
I told him about my situation. He told me that he was going to finish school. I told him that my father was a restaurant. He was a big uncle. He was a big businessman.
He was doing a lot of things. It was important. I don't want to go back. I don't want to go back. I was with my father.
I was here. I worked here. I worked here for 10 years. I was working here. I had a piece here. I had a piece there.
I had a piece there. I was working here. My father was working in a restaurant. I was working here. I was young.
I finished school on Monday. I started on Monday. He asked me what I was doing. I told him that I finished school on Monday. He told me not to laugh at him. He told me that the restaurant was better than my son.
I told him that. He told me that the restaurant was grown. I told him that.
When I was 18, I told him that I would stay to feed him. But my son was going to jail. I told him that. I told him that I had a restaurant. I told him that.
I told him that. I told him that. I told him that. I worked all my life in Beirut.
I worked all my life. When I was 64, they told me that I should stay with them. they told me that I should stay with them.
The land is essential. What does the land feed you? The land is essential. Your land is white. The land is white.
Do you plant anything here? No, only olives. I have olives, almonds, grapes, and figs. We don't have water here.
We spent our lives here. Your olives are tasty. I tasted them in the morning. We are famous here.
Do you prefer the weather or the land? I like both. I like the olive land. I like the red land. I like the olive land.
In the old days, the old men in Beirut, used to work in the fields and in the gardens. They used to work in the fields. The old men used to work in the gardens. Now, like my father, you can't have old men working in the gardens. My father feeds them and makes them local.
Now, you have half of it. He feeds 7 or 8 people and each one has half of it. In the end of the season, people come together and bring all the old men. They bring them to the fields. They put them on the top of the field.
In a big square. The village's mayor comes, Abou Farid, his name is Daoud Farhan. He comes in a car and fills the basket with the old men. A basket for you and a basket for him. Do you know how? He distributes it. We were like that.
We were like that and they still do it. All the people used to feed each other so they could benefit. He said, I am telling you, the old men have half of it.
What else do you want to tell me? I want to finish. They are very tasty. They are beautiful.
We pick them and put them. The season is not over yet. We put them in the fridge. You pick and put them in the fridge.
Someone came from America or Canada. We feed them because they like it. They are very tasty.
Green!... Now I said Make it different Amazing There is blessing with fruits in this village We felt blessed, in everything we do. Our grandfathers and fathers used to go and farm in the fields searching tests for options to be able to grown everything except wheat.
Everyone has an egg. The cow is trained in cuttings. When I was young, my father used to bring a horse from the train, because he had one, he never brought another one. They would sit me on the small cart and I would put a big stone on it so that it would be as soft as wheat. I would take the horse and ride it and scream.
I was that young, I was young. Many things happened to us. And thank God, we still walk and we still have our things. Thank God. This is the best word in the country. And thank God.
Very, very, very delicious. It is unbelievable how much sugar and sweetness they have inside. They have been here for 10-15 days, they dried a bit, the water came out of them, but they didn't rot. But when you eat them... Sugar syrup! Crazy. Unbelievable.
Enough, enough with the news. There is still some. Was there electricity in the village? No. There was no electricity. No. Were there roads? The road was dirt and there was a small fence.
Our children came from Beirut. There was a car. There were no cars in the first days. There was a car driver, his name was Bou Halmia.
He came with a big bike. He was looking for a way to the market. Our children said, my village, where do we go to wait for them? There, we have a crossroad. We would ride with them on the side of the road. So they came from Beirut. All white and dusty.
The dirt is everywhere. They would come here and go straight to the bathroom. The important thing is that we would ride. The driver would come here, we would get them off. The car would need water.
We would go and get him a break. He would not bring it from Beirut. We would get him a break to get him to get us back to the village. He would come back and we would ride. These were the days.
Do you remember when the television came? The first time you watched television? The first time I watched television was when I was 14 years old. I watched it in Beirut. Not here. Al Burj. It was not enough here. Al Burj was put in front of the TV.
When the televisions came, I would watch it on the front. I used to work in Hotel America. Two Germans came. Young people. They came to the hotel, they were engineers.
They would make this, the Al Burj TV. They used to make it on the side of the bridge. It would read the news.
It was a beautiful building. People would stand there and watch the news. They would watch it. Al Burj.
In the early days, every house had its own cow and sheep. Of course. People would go to the field in the morning and come back.
Was there this old way where if you had a chickpea, you would give it to your neighbor and take wheat from it. Everyone would do something. Right. They would raise sheep.
All of them together. Like my mother. All of them together. We would bring the sheep. They would slaughter them. They would slaughter them in the end of the 21st.
To be the source of the world. And to strengthen them. Yes.
You would sit alone like this. Like my uncle. His wife and daughter.
His son and his wife. The more you work during the day, you know they go to the fields. They work. You feed them and feed the other. She would get fat and her hand would be like this. The sheep would go and run.
And you would get the water you are full of. It is a pity. But those were blessed days. Blessed days. Yes.
How can someone, God bless you, who is 82 years old like you, and he is healthy and looks like he is 50 years old, tell me how? Tell you how? God, my brother, even though I am tired, I don't want much. I would go with my father to the fields together. We would gather in the fields and they would slaughter them. I am a child. I don't like school. But tell me where I should go.
I go but I don't like school. I don't like school. We went there and thank God. I would work and sleep with him. I would tell him to go to the river and the fields.
The evening stones and all. He would come and put them in front of me. I swear to God, I am not afraid of anything. God bless those days.
There is goodness and blessings. If someone wanted to come to another person, for example, he would take something from him. That's it. He would not give me anything.
Today, he would give him 100 kibbles. He doesn't pay. He doesn't pay. He goes to the house and doesn't pay.
This was in the past. Sheikh Khalil Al-Waqim was in the past. He was the Sheikh of the fields. Sheikh Khalil Nassoura. His grandfather was the governor. These were the rulers of the village.
If someone, for example, had goats, his father, for example, had goats, he would go to him. If he wanted to eat something from someone, he would come to the Sheikh. He would tell him about his goats and look at them. He would come and tell him to be careful about the goats.
These are problems. He had a prison. He was imprisoned.
If someone did something, he was imprisoned. Tomorrow, the governor will tell you that he was imprisoned in the house of the picture. He has a power from that side.
And the door is from here. If you want to come, you go to the prison. You go to the prison. His wife would come and give him food from the small window. It is forbidden.
He would close it. He would close it, not you. You would put guards outside and he would do it.
He would close it by himself. He would close it by himself and stay inside to finish his decision that he made. And that's it.
But he was, how can I tell you? There is a blessing. There is love. They would stay up all night. They would come to the house and stay up.
My father's voice was very nice. He had a story. We brought it from Syria. They would tell him the story of the Zair and so on. And Abu Laila Al-Muhalha, who you know, his voice was nice. He would sit and sing.
All the women would see him and cry. His voice was nice and he was kind. He had a good look in Arabic. The writer wrote a verse.
He was very good. They would spend their evenings and evenings and they would enjoy it. There would be, for example, we would see in the past, a good fig tree. You have a fire. Yes, God is great. There is this and that.
You don't get bored of it. You don't get tired of it. Your story is enough. God is great. Your story is enough.
pected for U� no 2 He said this to every person and whether I am free to do it or not This places is around 4 km from the Port of Contend Do you know, about gooseberry, they say that if you aroma the tree of goseberry sleep until you get sick They are different We say that when the second leaf is done, the same amount of soil, the same amount of soil, they plant the corn and the hummus. That's how we opened it. What do you have, old Amtel? Tell me, Amtel from nature. What do you remember? What can I say? Amtel about life, age, about the country. I told you about the country. Remember.
The days of studying, farming, and other things. Those days were different. Today, it's 100%. 7 chickens, I put them in the barn. A cow and a calf, we raised them.
Every week or two, they bring them 1 million L.A. of food. They were gone a long time ago. The ones who have wheat, we feed them. The ones who have barley, we feed them. Then they leave in the morning, they go and stay all day, and the next day, they come back.
Today, no, everything is on the fence. We've seen a few times that they plant the figs next to the olives. Now, there are many reasons. Sometimes, the care in these two trees is very close to each other. Both of them can handle being far away, without water. But most of what they say is that our ancestors understood a long time ago that there is a fly that comes to the olives.
The fruits of the fig are poisonous to it. And this makes their scent to keep the fly away from us. Now, there are many studies showing that maybe it's true and maybe not. Or maybe because it doesn't match the cycle of the fly with the presence of the fig.
But most of the time, they plant different kinds. The cycle is very big. It's an important thing to study and see if it's true.
It looks like the fly will eat the fly that kills the olive fly. It's a nice thing to do. We learn these old customs here. Good luck. The tray is nice. And the insight on me.
The picker is close. Here you go. Thank you.
How delicious is this thing. Really. How delicious is this person. This great stop. The most delicious cup of coffee in the world.
God bless you and may God keep you healthy. Come sit to film. Do you know when the antenna is still on? I know when it's on. You will love it. They say that whoever didn't eat grapes, should drink the water of Tishrine. These were...
Enjoy. Thank you. Thank you very much. These are for the road.
This is for the road. The wheat. The wheat is a very important crop. We used to plant it a long time ago.
More than 80% of the Lebanese mountains were irrigated. We stopped planting it and the trees grew in their place. You saw how Lebanon changed from place to place.
To the present. The important economic crisis. The Ukrainian crisis that taught us security, food, and most importantly, we should protect our wheat. The wheat is a very important crop.
It is the most important thing and it is important to protect our wheat. Can you imagine that all of Lebanon is yellow and all of it is being planted? We are seeing more and more villages and more and more people are planting wheat. This is an important thing. The country's wheat gives country's bread and gives something very delicious without getting all the products from outside. Why are we talking about wheat today in our episode? Wheat, the south, and the vineyards that we didn't mention yet. That's right Anthony.
We can't talk about the south without talking about the land of good, wheat, and agriculture. We can't talk about the south without talking about the vineyards. The vineyards, the area, and the presence of the vineyards, especially in this area, from Lebanon, like all of Lebanon. What did the Lebanese do? They honored the vineyards with everything. They gave it seasons.
I will tell you about the old traditions. When they were planting, they would put a picture of the vineyard and they would pray for it to bless the vineyards. When they harvest, they would put a picture of it on the wheat's vine to thank it for the season that passed without any disease and they were able to get the sufficient production. The Lebanese, before going to the vineyards and praying for the vineyards, would go and pick the beautiful grapes, the beautiful flowers, and present them to the vineyards and thank them for their turn because they passed the year of study and succeeded in their year of study. And Lebanon, wherever we go, we pass it.
How many villages have you passed and we will remember? 1800. 1800 villages. In these 1800 villages, you would have seen the master of the vineyard, the master of the white, the master of the potato, the master of the watermelon, the master of the field, the master of the valley.
The strong relationship between the land of Lebanon and the vineyard and the farmer who prays and who gave his land and his seasons to Maryam Al Adra to bless it and be with her in all seasons and days. There is a strong link between the Maryam's holidays, the holidays of the vineyard, and the planting. Because the first holiday of the vineyard is the 15th of Canaan, when they used to plant the wheat, that's why it's called the harvest.
Then we have another holiday on the 15th of Ayar, which is the harvest or the planting, when they used to harvest the wheat and plant something else. And we have a third holiday, which is the holiday of the lady of generosity, which happens on the 15th of Eid, when they used to harvest the grapes. Also, on the 15th of Ayar, they used to call it the holiday of the lady of wheat, and here the symbol of wheat, which gives us the harvest, and the symbol of generosity, which also gives us the wine, is the Ephcharistia. Also, the Maryam's holidays are directly related to the essence of its faith. It's still soft. It's delicious.
Very delicious. It's local. Yes, it's local. It's so delicious.
Nice. Very nice. Yummy. Wheat, green, and still water inside. What a discovery. Very nice.
Of course, it's a loss, no one would do it and harvest the land green. It's delicious. Very delicious. Today, something new in my life. The land of wheat Wheat is very connected to lentils.
Because if you plant wheat every year, in the end, the land will be polluted. So you have to renew it to this land. So in the seasons when wheat is not planted, our ancestors used to put garbage, or there is another way, which we call it the engraver, which are like lentils or hummus.
They belong to the family of Fabaceae, they were able to take the nitrogen and put it in the land. That's why the crop rotation between lentils, hummus, and wheat is very important. You see them and say that they are a bunch of cabrita. You don't know their value until you count them.
They say that the metal and lentils have no value until you count them. Why? Because it's very hard to be able to pick them. How much work do they need? How much harvest, cutting, and the man has to hide them inside and pick them one by one.
So lentils are very important. We eat it a lot, it's important for the family, it's important for the proteins. We eat it on Friday. All people eat it to pick it and not to know it. Yes, so the lentils are very important.
We didn't see it much in our episodes, we didn't film it much, we didn't see it in Lebanon. Lentils have a historical importance in Lebanon, we should preserve it. And always, if someone has land, half lentils, half wheat, and then between the seasons, some chickpeas. Look at the work. It will open 3 by 3 and fall on the ground. Do we have any lentils? Yes.
The right example is that lentils are in the soil and everything is in its place. Don't say that you don't have lentils, because you have some of them. There is another example, the uncle and his son and his sister put the lentils on fire and blow under it, the uncle and his son and his sister don't get it.
There is an example that is said about those who are unlucky. If you want to pick lentils, you get a cup or whatever you want upside down. This is also a very nice example.
There is another example that is very strong, everyone can guess how this example was created, which says that who has lentils, will get dropped into the Welcome. I am Rami Youssef. We are the owners of Al Mokhtar restaurant in Jizn Sniya. The first village in Jizn. It is located in Saida for about 10 minutes. We are a restaurant. We have 3 indoor and outdoor salats.
The restaurant was opened in 1995. We started with Saj and oven. We started to grow slowly. My father gave me over to this place. We are walking in the path. The food is fresh.
We don't have farms. We plant fresh food. We slaughter sheep and cows. We are famous for the delicious food.
The food is generous. The table is full. People love us and our hospitality. We take care of everyone as if people are coming to visit us. After a long day, a walk, heat, sun, and beautiful discoveries in this village I didn't think that it would have this much history and maximum. We finally stopped at Al Mokhtar restaurant.
It was opened in 1995. It can host more than 2,000 people. When you arrive, you think if you will like the food or not. A bite from here and there. They are very delicious. The eggplants are well grilled like the ones at home.
It doesn't need anything but pomegranate molasses. The hummus is very important. It is important to the extent that you eat it with a fork. The hummus is perfect, the sourness, the saltiness, and the tahini. One of the main things before we continue to the rest. It is written and read from the title.
You eat with a fork. The labneh is great. Eggplant, cheese, and we continue to the salads and the rest.
Al Mokhtar. Come on guys, we still have a long day. You should eat well.
If we had a restaurant in Karkha, we would have had lunch with you. I hope that next year we will have lunch with you in Karkha. Of course, in the management of Al Mokhtar restaurant because this restaurant is the real home food. It is still hard to clean the food and all the flavors of the food that you are tasting. Today, we are in the city of Jensnaya in Al Mokhtar restaurant. The restaurant is for our friends and brothers.
Not because they are our friends and brothers. We hope that everyone should visit this restaurant and taste this delicious food that makes you feel like you are in a foreign country. I want to tell you something. A restaurant this big can serve more than 2000 people, so the food should be delicious is a very hard thing.
The kitchen is very big and there are around 50-70 chefs inside. The meat is very delicious and soft. The hummus is great. There is a passion in the food.
It is very clear from the beginning to the end. Whether it is the salad, the fried halloumi, or everything that is served on the table today. In the end, it ends with a dessert. You can even feel the fruits. It will talk. Ice cream, Ashta, white Ghazle, Tripoli, and we should continue our journey.
I will take one with me on the road. Always. We don't mix them properly. And properly. What is the most important? Compatibility.
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This is the first time I enter a forest or they call it a forêt vierge. The forest where no human has passed. What you see around us, here and in front, or this tunnel I am passing through, are the homes of pigs. Not humans made them. It is nature as it is.
They are growing on themselves and gathering together from month to month to month. You see animals that you can't imagine that are present in Lebanon. We are walking and the sound you are hearing is the cleaning to be able to open a path for ourselves. Wonderful experience. I am walking and I feel that I am carrying 10 kg more than the amount of water. Anthony, this is the first time that we enter a forest like this.
On our right, there is a cave. There are ducks, there are mosquitoes, there is even a pig, there are pigs, I saw a baby pig wherever we were. It is very nice.
Now, here, there is something very nice about pigs. Come to show them closely. What is the black lizard? Before the black lizard, there are these points. These are called tualil or gal. These are symbiosis between the pig and the types of insects that hide in the winter.
It is not a disease. It has a help for the plant according to studies. The black lizard is not when someone tells you that he ate a pig, this is it. The pig sometimes hides in the black lizard.
It is called Miela sometimes. It hides in it so that it does not see it. This is what happens later on the pig. The pigs are eating the ground.
The pigs are not leaving anything. Of course, they ate mushrooms and many things from the ground. It is as if they are opening roads for themselves. Here, imagine how clean the nature is.
I hope that humans do not come in their lives. The original rose is like these, 5 petals. This is called Rosa Phoenicia or Phoenician rose. The village of Jeloul Even in places that are very far like here, and we talked about it many times, we talked many times about Jeloul.
Every Jel that was made, our ancestors made it. Did you see the stones? Did you see the Jelali that are placed here? Imagine that they used to go down to the bottom of the valley to plant, harvest, and eat. They would not leave a single square meter for them to benefit from. We learned a lot from them. They think that I am always the man at the end.
No, you are filming us. Mark, we tell them how many fruits are planted here. We did not plant them, our ancestors did. Right, I am seeing olives. Behind us, there is a lemon tree.
I saw guava behind it and it confirmed me. I don't know if it is a plant from far away. I don't know when they planted it, but of course, they planted it a long time ago.
This plant is very beautiful. It is called Elycrisum sanguineum. It is known as immortal or immortal because it is cut and it stays like this for a year or two.
Is it clean? I don't have a knife. Do you want to try it or do you want to use your hands? No, I don't think so. I didn't drink enough water, so I will drink it. It is all good inside. Do you want to taste it? We don't care at all. We follow the water.
We are here in the whole water ecosystem in Lebanon. Behind me, there is a butterfly which is not planted. The butterfly is one of the ecosystem in Lebanon.
It is called Nereum oleander. It is considered one of the 5 most important plants in the world. I will not tell you how it is. Right below it, there is Tamarisk which is a great plant. We saw it in Jordan, but it grows in Lebanon here.
We have of course the Dillip, the Alnus, and this beautiful plant which looks like a tree. It is a Rubella. It is a hydrangea.
Look how special its leaves are. When we start to see it, as we saw it on the road, it means that there is no pollution here. It is a great ecosystem. It is a nature preserved person. Anthony, this is not a flower. It is one of the most important trees in Lebanon.
It is called Vitex Agnus Cassius. They call it the monk pepper. It has many medical benefits. All villages used to gather here. From this stairs or that one. I remind you that there are 2 mountains here.
This was the Roman way. They used to take it to go to Mount Barouk and from there, you see Bekaa. All of them used to gather here. Can you imagine? The songs, the sounds, the one who is making Saj, the one who is eating. Close your eyes and imagine the beautiful vibes in summer. The sound of water, the one who is pressing Derbeke, the one who is pressing Oud, the one who is giving Saj, the one who is feeding others, the one who is waiting for his turn, the one who is screaming, or the one who put the jar on his head and is looking at it in these valleys and mountains.
The one who is waiting for his neighbor who is getting late, and others. Beautiful days, days of blessings and sustenance. How old can it be? This has a channel that comes from above to the mill. It reaches here and it is distributed to 3 villages and each village goes to a stone to get water. There were 3 of them. We will see them now.
The remaining water that comes from behind the stones goes to one of the channels from here and then it throws water. How much did they study this in the past to be able to grind the wheat on the water and get the result? Now, is it from a specific civilization that passed on this country, the Romanian civilization? It is possible. But to be able to, you can see above, to be able to make such a detail. All of this is a million of sand. The river will reach it. A million of sand. The river reached it.
To see the sand, the dust that is 2-3 meters long. What a man and a man they were to do such a thing. We can't walk 300 meters without 700 machines that opened roads for us. Jamel doesn't believe in the types of greenery, trees, water, cleanliness, stones, houses. Jamel doesn't believe. We think that we only see them in movies.
Why? What did we lack to make it better than movies? What did our country lack to be better? Because it is the most beautiful country in the world. Wherever the Lebanese people came, everything is clean. There is no garbage. There is no cutting of trees.
There is no pollution. The mills are still there and no one took them. It is really amazing. The most beautiful country in the world
needs people to appreciate and protect it. I hope that such drops in this village and others, this great village and great day, stay. After watching this video, you will say what should we do to protect it not what should we do to come and have a picnic. We reached. Let's go. They not only made a mill with stones, they made a mill for Jesus inside. They not only made a small mill, they made a mill with 3 millstones.
The river came out and filled with sand but still it is still as it is. I am imagining how they all used to gather here. Of course, they squeezed grapes, they squeezed flour, they grinded and squeezed all of them together. Bravo. Speaking in foreign language.
Thank you, thank you for your effort and effort. Thank you. 1624 1:30:26,400 --> 1:30:01,000 I will take it. You're welcome. With calmness, with a calm second. He opened the whole road, he didn't stop the sound, he didn't take a breath.
You are really strong, thank you very much. We will finish with the big stones. No one worked with big stones like this, except the Romans in Lebanon. So imagine, we imagine, we believe, we believe that the Roman road used to pass from here, next to the water and up to the top.
Did you notice the details? Did you notice the right work? The canals, the rocks, the stones, the first father, the second father, the father for the cattle, or the horse, or the donkey, the father, the second, or the room for the mill, all these nice details, and if we took a minute of silence and listened to the sound of nature. This is something that glorifies the uncle. Mark, I got used to helicopters in Lebanon, in America, and everywhere.
There is no one that comes and takes us from here and we go back. No, no, you are in America and in movies. Lebanon is the land of reality. Ok, I walked. Behind every climb, there is a descent, and behind every descent, there is a climb, and behind every cliff, there is another one.
The journey of return starts. Like this house, we decided to walk more, and dive, and explore. Each one of you is sending us nice messages, telling us that he is with us, he is walking, things that he might not be able to walk in his life.
We are continuing for these, and we will show you more. Lebanon is very beautiful. This journey was full of excitement, full of peace, full of adventure, full of prayer, full of tasty food and tasty people.
I want to say that Lebanon is a treasure, each time it affects us, and each village has something special. Lebanon's identity is so great, this country is really exceptional. If this country stays, it is because some people chose to stay and face the difficulties. Some people left but left their hearts here, and their hearts are still alive, and we let this country live. This is a message from the heart to all who stayed and left their hearts here. Each village has a story, and each village has a history, and each village has a story that we know or not.
Lebanon is the most beautiful country in the world, it has been more than 7,000 years, more than 2,200 villages, and each village tells you a story. A story with secrets, things we know, things we don't know. Beautiful views, and safe people, people look at it and say, despite everything, I am stuck in my land. Stuck in the land is a very important thing, we don't see it in many countries.
Lebanon is one of the few countries where we say, you are from any village, not from any region, and each village has its story. Who says that in this village, in Karkha, so many important things passed from hundreds of years and are still continuing. The views we are seeing around us, tell us about this country, which is our country that we protect. Our country is Lebanese, it looks like us, our Lebanon is cleanliness, independence, order, discipline, and respect. It is more than 18 sects that live together, and respect each other, and we are all left for one existence.
I hope you liked this episode, and we are left and continue to show you all Lebanon and all villages of Lebanon, and leave hope, and keep moving, and keep remembering, each one of us left the land of the mother, because blood does not become water. One, two. What do you want me to do? I should tell them that I am drinking coffee, but no one drinks coffee. I am telling people that I am just waiting for them. I am waiting for them.
They are not going to leave. The coffee is the best. A very important place was put on a mix.
Sorry, sorry, sorry. I told you. God bless you. He is making a kind of smile. He is like a bird. It is not going to go.
You should repeat, when he was filming, they didn't tell me anything. You start. Ok.
We also have, sorry. Put it on top, I can't reach it. Maybe I can do it. Yes, climb. Wheat, Karkha, it is not going to go. No.
No, it is not going. It is nice to know that the holidays are here. What are you saying? I don't know. Sorry. The wheat festival, and if you want, sorry. Also, on March 15th, they used to call it the wheat festival.
No, the feast of the queen of wheat. Sorry, sorry. Lentils, Hummus, wheat. It is time for the season. Where is Eli? Eli is doing Eli.
What do you have here guys? Amazing. Are you excited? No. Oh. What is it mom? Are the fish not catching? Sand and water.
A magical mixture. We are getting wet. Glory to God, your clothes are still not wet. We are in the mood because there is a new series of Indiana Jones. We are living the test. We are stuck in Beirut.
We are going to lose. Calm down, don't you get full with that? No, I don't get full with that. I don't get full with that. Yes, right.
Thank you. Thank you. No, no. Thank you. Anthony, what are you doing? estimates in all possible things, Calm down. noisy, and noisy.
A photoshoot in the water. This is the first and last time in my life that I am using this. 1767 1:37:09,440 --> 1:37:09,340 We pale in the water, and look at the shirt. What's your name? Since I met Anthony, and I have, if you want, a mystery. The shirt is pleasing to you.
The mystery of the human. I asked him before we went down, I look good in all holiday stuff. to you. 1775 1:37:20,340 --> 1:37:20,040 and since I started, what does he do so he doesn't come back 1776 1:37:20,440 --> 1:37:04,340 We passed by the barari, the forest of the Wash your hand in here, so my brother can see how awesome way to wash your hand.
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