Local Election Results 2016...see below

Mazraat El-Seyad

The current home of the Gharios family is the small town of Mazraat El-Seyad, also known as Aboud, which overlooks the valley of Nahr Ibrahim and the Adonis (Abraham) river, within the mountainous region of Jbeil (Byblos)

 

The description below is a translation of the Arabic, shown right, as it was stated in the encyclopedia Know Lebanon by Afif Boutros Merhej first published in Beirut in 1970

Video Clip of the town (5MB in size, best download with Broadband)           

Casa Jbeil - Elevation 1250m
Distance from Beirut 58km - from Jbeil 23km
Population (1000 in 1973) Today 1850
Number of houses (100 in 1973) Today 225
Number of electorate (350 in 1973) Today 1200
Origin of the name: The name which literally means El-Cid Farm after the Hoseini family who came to it from the Bekaa Valley
Official buildings: Mazraat El-Seyad  is under the jurisdiction of Kartaba as well as the Police and the Post Office. However it has its own 'Moukhtar' (Registrar)
Schools: a primary school
Clubs: Mazraat El-Seyad Social, Cultural and Sport Club
Local holidays: Feast of the Virgin Mary's Birth, 8th September. Mar Abda (the last Sunday of August)
Families: Hoseini, Gharios, Abi-Akar, Obeid, Ziede, Khoury, Karam, Medawar, Karkaba
Major agricultural produce: Apples, other fruits for the local markets
Major figures: Mr Ahmad Husseini (ex deputy and minister), Mr Ali Husseini (ex deputy)

Local Election Results 2016

Congratulations to all those elected.

 

Local Election Results 2010:

Democracy is alive and kicking and the people of Mazraat el seyad have spoken for the second time and elected the following: Congratulations to the winners and hope they work tirelessly for the benefit of the people they represent.

Local Election Results 2004:

For the first time in its history, Mazraat el-Seyad (Aboud) elected a local governing body on the 2nd May 2004. Congratulation to all those who have been duly elected and we trust  that they work together for the benefit and prosperity of the town. For an Arabic copy of the official announcement click here.

Mr Daniel Bou-Gharios (Leader)          

Mr Jamil Husseini (Deputy)        

Mr Zakhia Abi-Akar           

Mr Naja Bou-Gharios

Mr Hussein Bou-Sleiman                   

 Mr Adnan Husseini                      

Mr Kozhaya Karam            

Mr Kozhaya Obeid      

 Mr Murchid Zaarour

Mr George Naja Obeid was also elected as the Moukhtar

 
News feature

The feast of Mar Abda (the last Sunday of August) has been celebrated more prominently in the last couple of years with a village dinner on the eve of the "Eid" around the Church. 

This year, following the mass, celebrated by Abouna Maroun Gharios, the atmosphere was fantastic with the sound of church bells mixed with loudspeakers and traditional songs played on throughout the night. 

The whole of the village was there with people young and old holding together the endless line of "dabke" dancers in different part of the church complex.

It was a wonderful atmosphere that brought people together and a night to remember. Click here to see photos

Afqa

The valley of the Ibrahim River, the ancient Adonis, is famed for both its historical and religious significance. A wild and beautiful area, in pagan times a pilgrimage road ran along its north side to Afqa, scene of the tragic love story of Venus (Astarte) and Adonis.

 Afqa, source of the Adonis River Afqa is the sacred source of the Adonis River (modern Nahr Ibrahim), where the waters emerge from a huge grotto in a cliff 200 meters high. It is here that the myth of Venus and Adonis was born. The story goes that while out hunting, Adonis was killed by a wild boar. Venus (the Phoenician goddess Astarte), who was his lover, tried to save him but she was too late. And so it is the blood of Adonis that each spring turns the torrential river to red.

Across from the grotto are the remains of the Roman Temple of Venus. Walk down the stone steps at the side of the structure to appreciate its massive size. A curved tunnel, still visible beneath the foundations, was used to channel water. Growing from between the temple’s great stones is a fig tree with bits of material tied to its branches, a carryover from ancient tradition which attributed special powers to this spot. Although the temple was destroyed by the Christian Emperor Constantine (285 - 337 AD), it was later rebuilt by Julian the Apostle (362 - 363).

The Adonis-Astarte fertility rite continued in Lebanon into the 5th century AD.

See also JBeil