Sunday, August 8, 2010

Feu de camp

Every year, I hear stories about my cousins' feu de camp (campfire), an annual event held at the end of their week-long scout or girl guide camp to which family is invited. This year I got to witness it first hand thanks to actor cousin.
Because of the fact that Lebanese schools do not have after-school sports, most children join scout or girl guide groups for extra-curricular activity. It's usually a group of kids from different schools, so it's a great way for them to meet children from other schools. So the words feu de camp are very well recognised here and everyone usually knows what you're talking about when you say you went to one. Now I know what it's about too.
We sat under the pine trees of the village of Chouit (pronounced shweet!) and enjoyed a picnic before celebrating Mass in this open-air space. The night ended with the ceremonial lighting of a big bonfire, sketches performed by the boys and songs sung by all.


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