User Tag List

Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Koura - Kfarhata

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    2,360
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    3
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Rep Power
    103

    Default Koura - Kfarhata

    Location Between the lucid blue water of the Mediterranean Sea and the white Cedars mountains of Lebanon, lies Kafarhata, a small but beautiful village situated in Koura casa, North Lebanon.

    Crafted midst rocky hills, oak and pine trees and surrounded by olive and fruit fields, Kafarhata is famous for its natural beauty, great weather and loving citizens. Because of its central location between Koura's villages known as Kouayteh, or little strip, and because of its commercial and educational prosperity, this village is considered the capital and the center of Kouayteh.

    It is 350 meters above the sea level, 68 km north of Beirut and is only 7 km away from the Mediterranean seacoast.


    Community
    Kafarhata's population amounts to around 1500 residents and there are thousands more spread out around the world. The village enjoys an active community with its energetic municipality, dynamic Church association, its elementary and middle school as well as Kafarhata high school. Kafarhata's youth meet daily at its social and sport club which includes a large playing field, a stadium, a hall and a gymnasium.
    Kafarhata is proud to provide various services for its inhabitants as well as for the inhabitants of the whole region. If it weren't for its 4 clinics, pharmacy, dispensary, central office, restaurant, supermarket, flower shop, fast food restaurants, home goods stores, auto repairs, fashion and pastry shops, gas stations, and other stores, these inhabitants would have to go to the closest town every time they want to fulfill their needs.

    People

    Kafarhata's citizens are famous for their love for education wherever they are. Since the 19th century, you'll find the Doctor, the Lawyer, the judge as well as a newspaper that was published in Kafarhata as early as 1920! In his book "Kafarhata's History - Its families and monuments" published in 1992, Author Gebran Jabbour - a historian, poet and writer from Kafarhata - lists more than 300 college graduates of doctors, engineers and professionals. Today, this number has greatly increased which positively improved the standard of living and the modernization of the community.
    Kafarhata's residents are also known for their fondness to their village and roots. Wherever they live or work, the majority returns regularly for visits and builds attractive houses and villas around town.



    From the old (and defunct) Kafarhata home page

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    2,360
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    3
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Rep Power
    103

    Default

    Kafarhata's MapName Derivation
    Kafarhata is a Syriac word that means "The new field". It derives from two root words: Kafar which means the field and Hata for which many explanations have been given: the new or al chakika, the hole between two mountains where grows the grass.

    Kafarhata Geographical Location

    Kafarhata is a small but beautiful village situated in Koura casa, North Lebanon. Because of its central location between Koura's villages known as Kouayteh, or little strip, and because of its commercial and educational prosperity, this village is considered the capital and the center of Kouayteh. It is 350 meters above the sea level, 68 km north of Beirut and is only 7 km away from the seacoast.

    One can reach Kafarhata through either one of these five roads:
    . Batroun - Hamat - Ras Nhash - Kafarhata.
    . Chekka - Kefraya - Kafarhata.
    . Amyoun - Kafarhazir - Kafarhata.
    . Kousba - Bziza - Majdel - Kaftoun - Btaaboura - Kafarhata.
    . Boukssmayya - Kaftoun - Btaaboura - Kafarhata.
    All these roads are tortuous and sinuous but very picturesque. They pass through forests of Mediterranean trees and overlook the valleys.

    Kafarhata Characteristics


    Kafarhata enjoys moderate four-season weather: warm comfortable summer, beautiful moderate spring and autumn, and cold winter.

    Kakarhata is known for its pacifist inhabitants who came to it a long time ago from different Lebanese regions: Kfarzibian farm, Al Choueir, Duma, Baskinta, Akkar, Amioun, Batroun, Sourat, Tartij…. Like all Koura residents, Kafarhata inhabitants are highly cultivated; the rate of education in Kafarhata is the highest in the region.

    Kafarhata is proud to provide various services for its inhabitants as well as for the inhabitants of the whole region. If it weren't for its 4 clinics, pharmacy, dispensary, central office, restaurant, supermarket, flower shop, fast food restaurants, house ware stores, auto repairs, fashion and pastry shops, gas stations, and other stores, these inhabitants would have to go to the closest town every time they want to fulfill their needs.

    Students from the entire region seek to learn in its elementary, complementary, secondary, public schools for its excellent outputs and its teachers' competence. It's worth mentioning that computers, a conference room, and a library equip the elementary complementary school so that students come to know the latest information. For many years, this school has obtained the appreciation of the Ministry of Education for the high rate of success among its students in the official exams. Local organizations such as the Religious Endowment, wakf, and Kaharhata gymnastic club provide cultural, social, sportive services throughout the year. Kafarhata hosts every summer many tournaments in football, wrestling, volleyball, the most popular sport in the village, ….

    Olives, almonds, grapes, figs, …and some vegetables are the main agricultural products in Kafarhata while the iron, the aluminum, and the dynamite are its main industries.

    Three springs supply Kakarhata as well as the entire region with drinking water. The main source of water is ayn kafarhata to which high attention is paid yearly: its water is examined regularly for public safety.

    Facts gathered by Marleine Chaiban in the light of the book written by Mr. Gebran jabbour and entitled "Kafarhata History: its families and monuments".

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    2,360
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    3
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Rep Power
    103

    Default

    Kafarhata Ancient Monuments
    Kafarhata embraces pretty good archeological remains. There are a great number of ancient monasteries, sanctuaries, and churches; to be more specific, we find in Kafarhata two monasteries (Saint John, Saint Mama), two sanctuaries (Saint Zakhia, Chfia Mother), one church (Saint Saba, the patron Saint of the village). Of course we cannot forget the church of the Virgin Mary, which was annexed to Saint Saba church and demolished in the sixties to restore the cracked part of Saint Saba church and to widen its square. By the demolish of this church, Kafarhata lost one of its leading monuments.

    But what made up for this loss are the beautiful arch, the very similar Byzantine sculpture and icons, the antique dome and iconostas existing in Saint Saba church. The dome built from over than 100 years is unique of its kind because of its marvelous sculpture designs. The iconostas, or the sculpted wall consecrated for icons' placement, is a real chef d'oeuvre founded in 1875.

    On the other hand, what marks also Kafarhata is the multitude of empty sarcophagus spread in Kalah El-Burj, Al-Chaluk, and near Saint Mama monastery as well as the discovery of some jars full of silver coins while digging a land in Al-Karkafi. It's reported that an ancient village had stood up there a long time ago and had dramatically disappeared. It's likely that a huge treasure is buried there but nothing has been confirmed. Still we must wait the archeological digging to be sure.


    Kafarhata Festivities and Customs
    Nowadays the tradition of worshipping divine figures is still practiced in Kafarhata where Saint Saba is the patron Saint. Grand festivities are still held on His Honor(December 5th) as well as in the Honor of Saint John and Saint Mama. These festivities usually begin by a mass followed by a friendly lunch assembling Kafarhata inhabitants.


    The most cheerful festivity is the one taking place on the occasion of Saint Mama Holiday (September 2nd). During this day, traditional dishes and liquor such as mesa, kibbeh, tabbuleh, sanbusek, arak…are served; the inhabitants, especially the young ones, are invited to play games, dance dabkeh, the traditional Lebanese dance which is the master dance in joyful occasions such as marriage and others.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •