Culture & Identity of Lebanon
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Life in Lebanon is very diverse as the people are diverse. There are great differences
from person to person in regards to lifestyle and this begins with religion.
Most of the people in Lebanon are either Muslim or Christian, both of which affect
the way of life to some degree. However, generally speaking the people are fairly
liberal and there are few conservative Christians or Muslims. For those people that
are more conservative in their religious beliefs the lifestyle tends to be modeled
to varying degrees on religion.
Islam has numerous rules regarding dress, diet, and even on dating, but today only
the most conservative Muslims in Lebanon follow all of these restrictions. More
commonly only a fraction of these rules are followed. Likewise, Christianity has
rules, but tends to be more liberal in general and this again matches the attitude
of most Christians in Lebanon.
For these conservative Muslims and Christians life begins with religion and often
times also with family. However, since few people are too conservative much of life
in Lebanon today reflects that of the modern world. Weekends are Saturday-Sunday
to match the weekend of Europe and many of the country's trading partners. This
is perhaps the first and most obvious diversion from Islam, whose holy day is Friday
(so many Muslim countries include Friday in their weekend).