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Palestinians take great pride in their diverse and vibrant culture. Many aspects of this culture have their roots in traditional agricultural society of centuries past. Some examples are the distinctive importance of family, warm Palestinian hospitality, and a profound connection with the land. The culture has also been coloured by the civilisational diversity of Palestine’s history.


Palestinian cuisine has mostly Arabic influences. Some typically Palestinian dishes are Musakhan (Taboon bread topped with chicken, sweet onion, sumac, saffron, and allspice), Maqlaba (an eggplant casserole with cauliflower, carrots, and either chicken or lamb), and Kanafeh (layers of finely shredded pastry and honey-sweetened cheese, topped with rose water syrup and crushed pistachios). Another timeless aspect of traditional Palestinian culture is the exquisite handicrafts. This includes richly coloured embroidery, intricate olive wood carvings, and uniquely patterned ceramics. Traditional artwork and folk music with accompanying dances (such as the Dabke) are also still prevalent in Palestine.

The Nakba and the ensuing struggle for Palestinian rights have had a significant effect on modern Palestinian culture. The emancipatory character of modern Palestine is often embodied in contemporary Palestinian art, music, film and literature. Some notable Palestinian creative figures are artist Abed Abdi, musician Mohsen Subhi, filmmaker Rashid Masharawi, poet Mahmoud Darwish, and writer Fadwa Toqan.

The most popular sport in Palestine is football, and the Palestine national football team has enjoyed marked success on the international stage in recent years. Palestine is home to many other sports, ranging from rugby to equestrian. Sport provides Palestinians (both men and women, young and old) with an opportunity to learn from one another and develop as individuals.

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