St. Maroun's Day in Lebanon Date in the current year: February 9, 2016

St. Maroun's Day in Lebanon February 9 is St. Maroun's Day in Lebanon. He is the patron saint of Lebanon, that is why this feast is a public holiday in the country.

Saint Maroun (also Maro or Maron) was a priest and hermit. His life and miracles attracted many followers. After his death in 410 AD a special movement was founded, that became known as the Maronite movement.

The Maronite movement reached Lebanon when the first disciple of St. Maroun, Abraham of Cyrrhus, realized, how many non-Christians were in Lebanon. He decided to convert them to Christianity and introduced them to St. Maroun.

The Maronite Church has achieved a profound influence in Lebanon, while in modern Syria, Jordan and Israel it is one to a lesser degree. Today about the half of all Maronites lives in Lebanon, where St. Maroun's Day is a national holiday. The Maronite Church is the largest in Lebanon: about 37% of Christians and 17% of the population belong to the Maronites.

The Maronite communities also exist in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Canada, Syria, the United States, France and Cyprus.

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