Hammana’s Annual Cherry Festival: A Celebration Of Harvest, Culture, And Community!

Diana E.

Hammana, a picturesque village nestled in the mountains of Mount Lebanon, came alive on Sunday with the vibrant Cherry Festival. This popular annual event celebrates the cherry harvest and brings together locals and visitors for a day filled with fun and festivity.

 

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A village of festivals and culture

Hammana isn’t just known for its cherries. The village buzzes year-round with festivals, cultural events, and sports activities. But the Cherry Festival holds a special place in everyone’s hearts. Hammana’s cherries, whether black, red, or yellow, are famous for their delicious taste. The festival was a great chance to sample these varieties and other cherry-inspired treats like jams, desserts, and juices.

 

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A day full of fun

The one-day festival was packed with activities. Stands offering fresh cherries and cherry-based products line the streets, tempting every passerby. Music filled the air with live performances and folk dances, while local artisans displayed their handicrafts. Games and other entertainment kept both kids and adults engaged.

One of the highlights was the cherry-picking activity. It was a wonderful way for people of all ages to connect with nature and experience the simple joy of picking fruit straight from the trees.

 

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A rich history

Perched at around 1,200 meters above sea level, Hammana offers stunning views of the fertile valley and mountains. The village’s altitude also provides the perfect climate for cherry trees to thrive. Hammana’s love affair with cherry trees began after World War I, replacing mulberry trees that were previously grown to feed silkworms. The Cherry Festival started in the seventies and even included the election of “Miss Cherry.” Although interrupted by the civil war, the festival made a comeback in 2008 as Hammana Cherry Day, helping local farmers sell their produce.

In Hammana, the Cherry Festival is more than just a celebration of fruit. It’s a celebration of community, culture, and the natural beauty of this unique village.

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