Wed 2012-08-15 09:51:33 Culture/Arts
The Meadan Neighborhood and the Damascene Sweets
The Meadan Neighborhood and the Damascene Sweets

The Meadan Neighborhood, that is adjacent to the wall of the old city of Damascus, it is characterized by being and for decades as the home of the famous Syrian sweets shops, restaurants hosting the kitchens of ancient Damascene foods that offers all types and colors of authentic damascene dishes. The neighborhood is known for the damascene Shaworma, and the world-famous Syrian pastry shops. The neighborhood is considered the main center of sweets and food kitchens in Syria for decades in Damascus, as the people there developed the industry and expanded it to fame all over the world and it then the old city became a world center for the industry.

The Shami Kitchen Road (AKA): the Main old Medan Street is crowded with during the enter month of Ramadan and the feast days, as ther buyers and the countertops set by the shop owners on the pavement and they creatively decorating the food to attract people as  the market has a well turnout. The sides of the roads are loaded with Baqlava, twisted sweets, Namorah, the bird nest and Warbat in addition to lots of Arab sweets made with Arabian ghee; there is also shawarma as well as chickpeas, beans and all kinds of food.  The owners of shops are selling the Damascene sweets usin creative displays of their goods on the facades of shops, to attract people's attention. Some of them make beautiful hierarchically shapes and some of them put it in elegant artistic style.

Damascenes along with people in other Syrian cities consider sweets to be the most important holiday items and accessories of hospitality. The Meadan district occupies the central position in the field of sweets. The Damascene sweets industry developed to reach 200 types currently causing a diversity and new classifications on the basis of events, classes and prices. Some of them are special Ramadan sweets like Kalqtiv Alasaafiri, Awama, Mushabak, twisted sweets and Baloreyha.

Some studies note that the Syrians’ love for sweets and especially during the holidays made them world top consumers of sweets and ,on the other hand, one of the most important manufacturers and exporters of oriental sweets in the world. And the popular conception of the festival in Damascus, as in other Arab countries is to exchange visits between parents, neighbors, relatives and friends as well as receive well-wishers and serve desserts.

The Medan Market takes a prominent place in making ancient Damascene Sweets; that make the Arab and international markets proud. Once the month of Ramadan comes, the vendors setup tables with various categories in front of the shops, where the market is witnesses a remarkable demand during the holy month.

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