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In Lebanon, Maronite Christians make up nearly 40 percent of the country’s population. And that population has strong roots in Connecticut. Last month, dozens of Maronites descended on the grounds of Wolcott’s Ehden Lebanese-American Club to celebrate the group’s 50th annual Mahrajan. The festival had it all — hookah pipes, traditional food, great music and even some non-traditional belly dancing. Celebrants also dedicated a new shrine to Mary on the club’s grounds. Listen below for sound from the festival, some voices of Lebanese immigrants and a basic primer on what it means to be a Maronite Christian.
The Connecticut Ethnic Festivals Audio/Slideshow Project is a collaboration with the Institute for Community Research, and is supported by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Community Research, and WNPR/Connecticut Public Broadcasting