Celebrating Eid al-Adha is not possible without the Eid cakes, for Zahia and for other Palestinian women who celebrate Eid al-Kabir. A few days ago, Zahia and much of the Ein el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in South Lebanon began to prepare cakes. "The Eid cakes are a ritual of the rituals of the Palestinian families, our grandmothers taught our mothers how to make them, and they taught us in turn," she said.
Zahiya Farija is a 37-year-old Palestinian woman whose roots lie in the city of Khalisa in the district of Safed in the occupied Palestinian. She lives today in the Ein el-Hilweh camp. "At home we make the cakes by appointment and when the evening comes, the women meet when they want to make the cake, and that is a seven-day or ten-day rotation, if necessary." "The more the smell of the urban quail comes from one of the houses, the warmer people know who is preparing the holiday cakes for the family."
"When preparing the cakes, the women prepare large quantities of them before they are baked in the oven and if they are not available, they are baked in one of the ovens in the area after the owner has approved them and family members. that the women in the camp try to preserve the customs and traditions of the feast worn by the first Palestinians who were expelled from their country 70 years ago.These women, as well as Palestinian men, are still sticking to those traditions that they inherit not to lose the heritage of their ancestors.
"After the ingredients have been prepared, put the flour and semolina in a large bowl for a certain period until the margarine is mixed, then add the other ingredients, such as the milk and yeast, and knead together," she said. Dedicated to them and embossed on wooden tables. "" What distinguishes the Palestinian pies from others is combining dates with walnuts and sesame when filling, as well as the accuracy of cakes. "Zahia added that" in the case of the family that one of the members intends to do the hajj, she prepares the cakes before they go to the hajj, and takes cakes, "claiming that" this custom is one of the Palestinian customs that is still inherited today. "
Zahia had learned the candy industry at the age of 19 after her circumstances forced her to work because she did not continue her education because of her early marriage. After working in various shops for a number of years, she met an activist association and started to take courses to prepare sweets in the hands of professionals.
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