On the Feast of Saydet Zgharta, Friday, 15th August 2008, Ehden received a group of Druze Sheikhs, who were travelling in North Lebanon as part of a friendship tour.
The group was met by the President of the Union of Zgharta Zawie Municipal Councils. Gen. Joseph Maarrawi; Presidents of other councils; and Fr. Estephan Frangieh respresenting the Parish of Zgharta Ehden. The tour included the Cedar's and a meeting with the Maronite Patriarch.
The visit has been reported in Sunday's issie of the Lebanese newspaper,
Al Anawar, which can be read from
To learn more about the Druze's we provide a link
to an article which appears on the website of the Institute of Druze Studies.
In Lebanon Druze's have official recognition as a separate religious community with its own religious court system. The Lebanese Constitution provides that Parliamentary seats are distributed according to religions and sects and they have eight. The total distribution is: Christian
- Maronite 34, Greek Orthodox 14, Greek Catholic 8, Armenian Orthodox 5, Armenian Catholic 1, Evangelical 1, Minorities 1. Muslim
- Shiite 27, Sunni 27, Druze 8, Alawite 2.
The five segmented star is the primary emblem of the Druze faith, using the colours - green, red, yellow, blue and white; symbolizing mind, soul, truth, will, and the material world.