Syrian heritage Festival 'AKITU' kicks off

The Syrian Heritage Festival 'AKITU', held by Tourism Ministry and the AlIkhbaria Syria Television channel, kicked off Friday in the Tishreen Park in Damascus on the occasion of the Syrian New Year, which falls on April 1st.

The opening ceremony of the festival, which was attended by a huge number of people, included national songs and dances showing the Syrian heritage.

Tourism Minister Beshir Yazigy told reports that the AKITU is an ancient festival in the near East history and the celebration today proves that we [Syrians] are proud of our deep-rooted heritage and we are clinging to our homeland.

Meshquita; treasure trove of sparkling springs and lush forests

Lattakia is known as the bride of the Mediterranean, and sees a steady stream of tourists from inside and outside Syria, who are attracted to it because of its rich terrain and natural beauty. When you look over Lattakia from above, you cannot take your eyes off the amazing scenery - from the shining blue sea, the majestic mountains or the hills and valleys scattered around like clouds. Now more intrepid tourists are discovering the relatively unexplored city of Meshquita, which is towards the north east of Latakia, and where ever more breathtaking scenery awaits you as you make your way through green mountains that descend into hillside embracing the North big river.

The Religious Tourist Locations And Destinations In Rural Damascus (2)

2-Islamic sites:

In al Sayeda Zainab (formerly Raweia): -Shrine of Sayeda Zainab: A gigantic architectural monument in eastern Ghouta, 8 km east of Damascus. The shrine contains the remains of Sayeda Zainab al Kubra, daughter of Ali, the cousin of the prophet Mohammad and the third Moslem caliphate.

In Darayya:

- Shrine of Sayeda Sukaina, 8 km south west of Damascus. It contains the remains of Sayeda Sukaina, daughter of Ali, the cousin of the prophet Mohammad and the third Moslem caliphate.

The Religious Tourist Locations and Destinations In Rural Damascus (1)

The tourism sector in the governorate of Rural Damascus forms a basic source of income to a large group of the inhabitants of the governorate, especially that it enjoys a large area (about 18500 sq.km.) and a natural diversity, rare to be found in other areas in the world. Rural Damascus is adjacent to four countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine, and to five Syrian governorates namely: Homs, Qunaitra, Dara'a, Sweida'a and Urban Damascus (the capital). It also enjoys a unique geographical nature in that it has mountains, valleys, the desert, the plains as well as the water springs, rivers, and forests.......etc.

Rural Damascus has ,also, a very ancient history that goes beyond thousands of years.

The History of Valentine's Day

Every February, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this day? The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman traditions. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.