Just a Halloween party
Photoblog by Alia Haju
Halloween Wood, an event organized by Forestronica in the forest of Yahchouch, took place on the first of November.
Young people wearing masks and costumes enjoyed a lively, creative night with electronic music, alcohol and dancing.
Some may presume that those people are Satanists, death lovers, as some television stations were portraying. But they were just young people looking for fun.
The history of “presumed” Satanism in Lebanon goes back to 2003, when Elias El Murr, the interior minister at that time, started an arrest campaign – and it was accompanied by a media circus -- against people that have tattoos or piercings and men with long hair. They were accused of being Satanists, although there was never any proof.
Whether Satanists in Lebanon exist or not does not matter. The fact is that it is wrong and shameful to consider any musical concert, or loud music coming from a group of oddly dressed youth a Satanist meeting.