Lebanese people have abandoned many Eid basic rituals, and the Eid dessert represented by Ma’amoul is one of the basics.
In a popular pastry shop in Tripoli, thousands of Ma’amoul tablets are produced daily. Confectioners insist on continuing under these harsh conditions, even if the quality is lower
The owner of the shop said to “Sawt Beirut International” correspondent Ghassan Farran: “A dozen of ma’amoul tablets ranges between 30,000 and 35,000 pounds, in the past it was 6,000 pounds only.” He added, “We buy lower quality merchandise so that poor people can buy it, as in the rest of the stores the price of a dozen reaches 120 thousand pounds.”
The sale decreased, as the seller said, to less than half. He added, “Pistachio is missing from the market, a kilo is worth $30.”
The battles for survival, even if little, are still going on, but until when?