On the occasion of the Western Church's Easter weekend, starting this Good Friday, we think about Easter time and its traditions in the food department throughout the Arab world. Arabs have food to suit every occasion as well as season.
Much of the Arab world, including Lebanon, Iraq and Syria, celebrate Easter with the Western world, which falls on April 8th this year, that is Easter Sunday.
Palestine and Jordan, as well as Egypt tend to mark their Eastern Easter the week after, which in the case of 2012 falls on April 15th (Easter Sunday), with Good Friday aptly taking its Friday 13th "Last Supper" place.
In Egypt, Sham el-Nessim which falls the day after Easter, is celebrated in the food department by Muslim and Christians alike. They eat salty fish and often decorate eggs, as the occasion blends in with Easter time connotations.
If you're Arab and living at home or abroad, tell us how you're marking Easter this year - what you're eating this Easter time. Do share if you'll be remembering this occasion with food to fill your Spring time bellies. Fish, chocolate, eggs? Make our mouths water!