Sunday, February 10, 2013

Origin of the expression "labato el marfa3" لبطو المرفع

Still life a la Libanaise - mixed media collage by Tarek Chemaly - 2002/3

And so this is the last Sunday before lent - or Quinquagesima Sunday (try saying this aloud!) - technically called "el marfa3" in Arabic. Interestingly the expression goes "labato el marfa3" (he got kicked by the Sunday before lent) for any couple (or man) who did not get wed before lent. Because according to church rules there are not religious weddings during lent (and leading up to Easter). Which is why people elope on this specific day! To beat the deadline sort of!

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