Since 2001, a yearly national day, celebrated the first Saturday of the month of July (this year 7-7-2012), is dedicated to TABBOULEH.
The TABBOULEH is the most famous Lebanese traditional dish, adulated by all the inhabitants of the cedar’s country, and adopted by number of gastronomes in the world. It’s a dish that unites, in a country torn by wars and tensions; a symbolic dish by the diversity of its ingredients: Like the Lebanese nation, its delicate harmony is threatened anytime that one of its components is separated or even neglected, while its colors, green, white and red are those of the Lebanese flag.
In 2007, the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism granted its approval and its patronage officially for the NATIONAL TABBOULEH DAY.
During this day, Lebanese and their friends everywhere in the world meet in private or in public around this king of mezzé. This artistic, cultural, gastronomic and touristy feast presents them an opportunity to show and to reinforce their attachment to their country. For the fourth year in a row, a big public gathering is organized at Souk el Tayeb in Beirut Waterfront (Beirut) from 9 am to 2 pm, where cooks, producers or visitors will compete (at 11 am) for the best TABBOULEH.