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PHOTOS: Lebanese mark mysterious Zambo festival in Tripoli

Middle East News
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
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Lebanese take part in the Zambo carnival held in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on February 18, 2018, to mark the last period of excess on the eve of the Christian Greek Orthodox lent. The inspiration of the annual Zambo celebration is unclear, despite it being a tradition that stretches back over a century to when an emigrant to Brazil returned to his native Tripoli bringing the carnival with him. (AFP Photo)



Tripoli: Residents of the Lebanese city of Tripoli donned bright, curly wigs and dark body paint Sunday for Zambo, a festival on the eve of the start of the Orthodox Christian period of Lent.

The origins of the annual celebration remain unclear and it only seems to take place in a seaside suburb of Tripoli, a Muslim-majority city with an Orthodox minority.


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