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Hence, restaurants usually have a pleasant view, of which Lebanon's geography affords many. Ramadan , the Muslim month of fasting, is the occasion for large meals at sundown.Soup, fatteh (a chick pea and yogurt dish), and karbooj (a nut-rich pastry) are especially eaten during Ramadan.
When the civil war erupted in the mid-1970s, all formerly suppressed differences and incongruent loyalties emerged and came to dominate the political arena, fuel hatred, and provide an easy ground for outside powers to interfere in the country's affairs. Under the Ta'if agreement the civil war ended, the Christians lost some of their political power, and a new government of technocrats came into power with reconstruction highest on its agenda.In the medieval period, Christian minorities often helped the Crusaders.This created a close relationship between Lebanese Christians, particularly the Maronites, and Europe, particularly France.In the Hellenistic era Greek was introduced and spoken along with Aramaic.Latin later became common, and finally the Arab invasion in the eighth century introduced and assured the hegemony of Arabic.These ties persisted and grew stronger, especially in the eighteenth century, and were a major factor in the creation of the modern Lebanon.
After World War II, Lebanon was placed under French mandate.
Today, all Lebanese speak Arabic; most of them, especially the upper and middle classes, speak French; recently, English has become increasingly important. The cedar in the center of the Lebanese flag is the symbol of six thousand years of history: the cedar was Lebanon's chief export in ancient times.
The location of the cedar tree in the middle of the flag touching the upper and lower red stripes is also a reminder of Lebanon's constant troubles because the red stripes represent the blood spilt by the Lebanese throughout their history.
The average life expectancy for those born at the end of the twentieth century was 69.35 years.
Whereas at independence, gained in 1943, the population was one-half Christian and one-half Muslim, a higher birth rate among Shiite Muslims upset this balance and was one of the causes of the civil war.
Ninety-five percent of the population is Arab, 4 percent is Armenian, and other ethnic backgrounds comprise the remaining 1 percent.