So as some of you know it was Barbara a couple of days ago, 12 December (aka the Arab Halloween), started in Heliopolis, now known as Baalbek in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.
But since we’re all at work, we needed to find a way to show up decent enough for work, but still enjoy the joys of a Barbara. So why not hats? Easy to wear and remove, depending on the circumstances.
Here are a few pictures; unfortunately faces have been blurred out for privacy reasons. Enjoy!
Traditional Lebanese farmer hat.
Frenshie, PIMP, Christmas tree, Golden Tower, Cowgirl, Nurse, and villager.
Who are you this Halloween?
Walking around on Urugway Street, beirut on Halloween night, I noticed that once again the lebanese crowd has completely misunderstood the meaning of this fright night and have, once again, decieved my hopes for a fun night.
Though I have to say, most of the crowd were dressed up this year (yay!).
So what does Halloween actually stand for? It’s All Hallow’s Evening, the night for the dead and the saints. So I’m really not sure how dressing like a prostitute fits, but hey, if it makes them happy.
So I think I’ve counted more than 40 cat costumes, at least 50 people with no costumes, 27 prostitutes, 30 simply wearing a wig and 48 people (including me and my friends) in actual full on costumes.
I think the translation from Halloween to our lebanese Barbara has been lost, for we do not prepare a fright night for Barbara, but we carve pumpkins and dress up for Halloween. Still not making any sense to me.
I just had to add (and this makes me even more ashamed of being lebanese) a post a friend of mine wrote.
Thank you T.Z for sharing.
So who were you on fright night?