Lebanon’s Obsession With “Biggest”

We are welcoming a new “biggest” achievement in the circle of things no one else in the world has beaten us to. The Bekaai, Becharre-wannabe, town of Deir El Ahmar is building the world’s “biggest rosary.” Construction is already underway:

(Source: Lebanese Forces Facebook page)

(Source: Lebanese Forces Facebook page)

Biggest rosary, biggest cross, biggest cup of lemonade, biggest dish of hummus, biggest dish of tabboule, biggest house made up of matchsticks, biggest collection of matchbox cars… the list goes on. But the question to be asked: when does the “biggest” mania stop?

Are we compensating for something that’s lacking? And for those whose mind wandered, get it out of the gutter. I didn’t mean that – I meant the lack of accomplishments to which “biggest” can apply and which are actually useful.

Instead of building the world’s largest rosary, couldn’t the money have gone into something that would actually benefit the people of Deir el Ahmar in more tangible ways? Say a business project that would give them jobs?

Ra7 tdall jrasna tde2,” (our church bells will keep ringing) was some people’s comments regarding the rosary. “Ne7na hon,” (we are here) was their comment regarding the biggest cross. “Beddna n3e22,” (we want to binge drink) could have been the slogan for the biggest lemonade cup that my district’s main city Batroun did.

But what remains constant is that few are those who know that “l jras betdall tde2″ not only through humoungous rosaries. I can only say do one thing regarding all of this: sigh.


4 thoughts on “Lebanon’s Obsession With “Biggest”

  1. I totally agree that the money could have been used in something better but I think this is a nice project. Enno it will boost religious tourism and stuff.


  2. World records can be a great way to unite people and build moral, but sometimes can go too far. This construction will create jobs, in construction first, then in running the place. But i agree that we need to better allocate our resources in such a dire time… invest in projects that are long term and have the potential to expand and hire more than low-wage jobs.


    • Yeah I understand that people rally behind such projects. I saw it firsthand with lemonade. But isn’t the need for such projects to build moral reflecting over a much more severe problem in Lebanese society that needs fixing? We’re looking at the crust without delving deeper into the core of the issue.
      If the country was enjoying periods of prosperity and calm, such a project would actually be nice. But, as we both said, the money could have gone into some much more needed projects.



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