It's now over a year since the end of civil war that divided Lebanon into warring Christian and Muslim factions.
It's now over a year since the end of civil war that divided Lebanon into warring Christian and Muslim factions. It finished when Syrian troops moved in; at that stage helping the Christians, who appeared to be losing the military struggle. But now that most of the fighting is over, life is gradually returning to normal.
SYNOPSIS: This traditional carnival procession, in the small northern Lebanese town of Zghorta, is regarded as a healthy sign. It is the first time since the war that the noisy and colourful celebration has been staged.
It is known as Khamis el-Sakara, and, has religious origins being the Lebanese equivalent of a Mardi Gras. Traditionally it is held before the start of the forty days of Lent.
Even poor weather did not dampen enthusiasm to relax and perhaps momentarily forget the bloody conflict of a little more than a year ago.
Elsewhere in Lebanon the people are beginning to pick up the threads of life. Even in the capital, Beirut all the restaurants have re-opened in the west of the city.
Banking resumed soon after fighting ceased while agriculture and industry have also restarted on a substantial scale. However, against all this, Syrian troops remain, guarding a fragile peace.