The festival will start on August 25, 2017 and operate for 3 consecutive days.
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The festival will take place at Marion Dewar Plaza.
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The Palestinian Festival in Ottawa, first held in August 2014, presents Palestinian culture, food and music, and is held at Marion Dewar Park (adjacent to Ottawa City Hall). In 2017, the festival promises to be bigger and better. Some of the attractions you have to visit are:
Nablus Theatre (pronounced Nab-less) is the main entertainment stage and will be located at the south side of the park. Palestinian music is echoed through the speakers daily. DJ Tonnee will indulge the audience with many modern, as well as traditional folkloric Palestinian music. Live entertainment includes live bands, singers, and the folkloric Palestinian group dance “Dabkeh”.
Make your way to Bethlehem tent (pronounced Beth-la-hem) and lounge in the traditional family room setting and check out some Palestinian art exhibits. A Henna tattoo artist will be available, decorating our guests with beautiful designs and patterns. Make sure you talk to our tourism kiosk to get some travel tips on Palestine!
Indulge in Palestinian cuisine with vendors offering delicious and traditional dishes to the public! The most popular Palestinian dishes will be chosen by Palestinian chefs. Dishes such as Fool (fava bean dish), hummus, falafel, lamb and rice, spiced chicken (Musakhan), special flat bread with feta cheese or Zaater (thyme) will also be baked on the spot! Palestinian style shawarma will also be available to garlic lovers.
The OLD SOOQ OF JERUSALEM (BAZAAR)
The Sooq will be located at the south side of the park, adjacent to the City Hall building. The Bazaar will provide guests with a variety of products to purchase, ranging from herbs and spices to books and souvenirs. Take a stroll through the busy bazaar and you can find items such as: Palestinian literature, Carved olive wood sculptures, Palestinian souvenirs, Special modern handmade accessories, Palestinian spices and dry food, Jewelry and More
A SHORT HISTORY OF PALESTINE
Palestinians come from the area located between the east shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. The region was among the earliest in the world to see human habitation, agricultural communities and civilization. During the Bronze Age, independent Canaanite city-states were established, and were influenced by the surrounding civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Minoan Crete, and Syria. Palestine is the birthplace of major religions. The region has a long and tumultuous history as a crossroads for religion, culture, commerce, and politics
Palestinian Cities - Nablus
Located in the northern part of the West Bank, with about 240,000 inhabitants. Nablus is situated between the mountains of Gerizim amd Ebal. The economic base for Nablus is established by the production of olive oil, soap, wine and handicrafts. Nablus is also a trading centre for its region, dealing with produce like grapes, olives, wheat and livestock.
Palestinian Cities - Jerusalem
Jerusalem lies about 55 km to the east of the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and 25 km from the Dead Sea. It lies about 825-900 metres above sea level. The climate is subtropical, with warm and dry summers (24°C in August) and rainy winters (10°C in January). Some years Jerusalem even gets covered by snow. Annual rainfall is about 500 millimetres. Jerusalem is divided into an old city, a new city and satellite towns scattered around it on all sides.
Palestinian Cities - Gaza
Gaza is considered to be one of the most ancient and historical towns in the world. It is an Arab Cannaanite town gifted with an important location.The strategic significance of Gaza is no less important than its trading significance.Gaza has one of the most beautiful beaches and extremely friendly locals
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