Aitha el-Foukhar (عيثا الفخار) is a lebanese village in Lebanon, located in the Bekaa Valley in the Rachaya region of Lebanon. A small village of narrow streets and humble houses, Aita is surrounded by high mountains from three sides which reach 1,400 m above sea level at some points. The village itself is almost 1,250 m above sea level. Aita is exemplary for toleration and acceptance as lived day to day through the mixed religious background (Greek Orthodox and Muslim) of its inhabitants. Throughout the whole civil war, no single accident was recorded and this is all due to the mutual love and affection of its residents. Like many lebanese towns it's mosques embrace the churches and similarly it's residents where they stand by each other at every occasion
The village name combines the words “Aitha”, meaning temple in syrianic language, and "Foukhar", meaning "pottery". Together they refer to a pottery production center. The mountain to the north of the village is steep and not useful for agriculture. To the east and south, the mountains have gentle slopes and terraces are formed to use the land for agriculture. People cultivate several products including wheat, mulberries, cherry, figs, apples, grapes, and olives. Water sources are available mainly from springs such as Ain el-Arish. Until the present, the inhabitants of the village partially depended on this spring as a source of water. Water and a pleasant climate would have been attractive reasons for the settlement of the village in the early A.C. periods.
Many of Aita el-Foukhar's residents have left for bigger cities in Lebanon while some still live in Aita. Others have immigrated to North and South America,Australia,Africa,Meadleast,Canada and many country in the world.
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