Fairouzeh is one of the most beautiful villages near the city
The origin of the name “Fairouzeh” is still debatable. Many believe the name “Fairouzeh” (Fairouz means turquoise in Arabic) came from the green color of it landscape. However, historians believe the name “Fairouzeh” was mentioned in the Old Testament as “Bairouthy” (Samuel II, 8:8).
The majority of the villages’ inhabitants were farmers. The majority of people owned enough land to grow wheat, barley, lentil, olive trees and grape wine. Almost every family raised sheep, goats and chickens. The original farmers also owned horses, donkeys and cows. They were self sufficient of basic food supply throughout the whole year.
The water source was acquired from deep wells about (18 to 20 meters). The two most famous wells (Jub) were Jub Hamza and Jub Jaaber. Without the existence of these two wells, the continuous life in Fairouzeh as we know it would have not existed. The structure of Jub Hamza in the middle of the village was preserved as a “monument” for current and future generations. The village now uses city running water and electricity.
The elders in the village were known for their colorful and unique clothes. Most men, women and kids wore similar traditional outfits. The homes were built similar in shape and architectural design. Traditional home walls were built from hardened mud pieces and the roofs from wood and topped with mixed hay and mud. Some of the early big homes had several families living together side by side.
The most known family names in early Fairouzeh are: Abdel Nour, Abdel Hai, Abdel Aziz, Askar, Assaf, Assfour, Attia, Ballat, Dabbous, Danial, Deeb, Diab, Dorghalli, Fdayl, Fleyeh, Ghanem, Grair, Habahab, Habroun, Hannoun , Hamad, Helow, Hourany, Howarah, Hushaan, Hussary, Jubi, Judi, Kassas, Khalil, Maida, Mbarkeh, Maleh, Makhool, Mashour, Muhow, Mushamel, Nader, Nahim, Nakkoud, Noufal, Nussais, Rahal, Ruboz, Sayegh, Seder, Shahadeh, Shahla, Taweel, Toma, Tissan, Trad, Watfa, Wanis & Younan. In the last 50 years, many more families have moved to Fairouzeh from neighboring towns and villages and made it their home.
population is now about 7,000 people. Based on a current and future civil plan,
it will occupy about 425 acres of land when it is completed. The village is
estimated to be about 400 years old. The original inhabitants were mostly
Eastern Orthodox Christian who came from the town of
In the early twentieth century
all kids attended elementary school. They were taught religious and general
education. The first middle school was built in Fairouzeh in 1949 as one of
very few middle schools in the
The Fairouzehian people are a very close-knit community and share a unique cultural relationship. They are very committed to the well being of each other and especially the poor citizens. They consider themselves one large extended family. They share all major village celebrations together and help each other in good and bad times.
After the First World War
there was a big wave of immigrants to
By George N. Deeb