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Salma Maliki knew by the smell of her mother's kitchen that Eid al-Fitr was on its way.Millions of Muslims across Lebanon spent Tuesday reliving time-old holiday traditions, like giving children money and gathering with family, and creating modern customs like taking a break from a month of cooking by spending Eid al-Fitr at a nice restaurant.It was a different story at a family house in the southern village of Habboush, as a dozen children, aged 4-13 and dressed in their new holiday clothes, made rounds to aunts and uncles, each pocketing LL40,000 or more in total.Abstaining from food was one of the easier obligations during the holy month, family members confessed.In contrast to Maliki's family in Tripoli, here holiday traditions revolved around gifts and family rather than food. Among the more modern Eid al-Fitr traditions are families throughout the country opting for restaurant fare and store-bought sweets, choosing to forego Eid meals made from scratch. After a month of home-cooked iftar dinners, the Shatila family, like many others, decided to eat out.
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