It all started in 2011. Our Festival has come a long way, but the first year will always be special. Check out this video to get you in the mood to celebrate with us on June 10, 11, and 12!
The Red and White Colors represent our Flag of Lebanon.
Blue is in tribute to Our Lady of Lebanon.
The Red, White and Blue colors together also are a tribute to the Flag of USA.
The symbols within the colored panels represent images traditionally associated with Lebanon and the Festival, Food, Church, Dabke Dancing, etc.
Red Panel: Food - Shawarma and Manaesh.
Green Panel: Lebanon - Baalbeck (and other culturally rich architectural ruins found in Lebanon) and our Maronite Church - many churches traditional feature a steeple topped with a Cross.
Blue Panel: USA - Stars soaring upwards, representing both Our Lady and the USA and finally, Dabke Dancing (our Youth Dabke Groups).
The palm tree is a symbol of Southern California and the Tarboush, while it originated from the Turkish occupation of Lebanon, is still associated with the Lebanese. The biblical quote was added as an affirmation to our Maronite Faith, as well as a reference to the biblical Cedars of Lebanon going back to the time before Christ (BC).