Druze Holidays

The Druze are a religious community found primarily in Syria, Lebanon and Israel, whose traditional religion is said to have begun as an offshoot of the Ismaili sect of Islam. In Israel they're found mostly in the Galilee (70%) and around Haifa (25%).

Holiday of al-Nabi Shuayb is the most important one for the Druze. It starts on the 24th of April and runs for four days. The custom is to visit the tomb of al-Nabi Shuayb near Tiberias to pray. It's believed that this is Itro, Moses' father-in-law. The first day celebrations are for religious Druze only, while the next three days include secular ones as well.


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