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The Story Behind the Lebanese Folkdance - Dabke

    The Lebanese traditional Dabke expresses social solidarity. This folk dance is performed by groups. It is believed that in the past, men used to gather and perform the Dabke, shoulder to shoulder, pounding the floor of the roofs of their village houses. The roofs of the houses in the rural areas were made of clay and straw. So, these roofs needed to be pressed and leveled before winter to prevent rain from leaking through. Before the use of roller stone, people from the village gathered and pounded the roofs while dancing the six step Dabke and singing the folk song Dal’ounah. They enjoyed themselves and at the same time did something useful.



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