“Every foreign student, arriving in Russia, seeks to preserve his or her culture, as well as an integral part of every people - traditions,” - Hussein Abbas, President of the community of students from Lebanon

“Every foreign student, arriving in Russia, seeks to preserve his or her culture, as well as an integral part of every people - traditions,” - Hussein Abbas, President of the community of students from Lebanon

We talked with the president of the Lebanese community, Hussein Abbas, learned what traditions the Lebanese adopted from their great-grandfathers, how foreigners preserve their culture outside their homeland.

Hussein, what would you, as president of the Lebanese community, first tell students who know little about your country?

With culture, customs and traditions. Lebanon is a country with a long history, it survived many wars and officially got independence. Each city and town of our country has significant places that keep history.

We show tourists the sea and treat them with national dishes: capsa (a dish of rice and meat), tabuli (the main ingredients are bulgur and finely chopped parsley) and many more.

Does your family have traditions that came to you from your great-grandfathers and are still followed?

Like in many countries of the world, especially the Arab countries, each generation has its own traditions, my family is no exception.

Since ancient times, my grandfathers have plowed the fields, in our time technology does everything for us, but my grandfather still believes that true and good work is handwork. This tradition passed to my father and we still keep it in our family.

It is also customary to wear harem pants - wide pants, one of several traditional attributes of Lebanese culture.

But how can foreigners preserve their language, culture and traditions in Russia?

Each foreign student, arriving in Russia, seeks to preserve his or her culture, as well as an integral part of every nation - tradition. To do this, we hold exhibitions at RUDN University and participate in events.

We do not forget the language, and the variety of Arabic dialects helps to convey the essence of Arab culture. 22 countries of the world speak Arabic, but in each country it is unique.

What are the main goals of the community?

Of course, to introduce the multinational university to the culture of Lebanon, its customs, to make people feel our hospitality, see the beauty and learn the history of the country. Lebanese themselves retain their love for their homeland, they never forget the place where they were born.

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