Zahle is famous for its Corpus-Christi festival which dates back to 1825 when the town was spared the ravages of a contagious disease. Corpus-Christi is celebrated on the first Thursday of June with a torch-light parade held on the eve of the festival. The next morning a mass takes place at Our Lady of Najat Church, followed by a procession of townspeople carrying the “Holy Bread” through the streets.
Zahle is also known for its week-long Festival of the Vine that takes place each year between the 10th and 20th of September, a celebration shared with the city’s Flower Festival. In a carnival-like atmosphere “Miss Vine” is elected and cars are decorated with flowers representing national symbols.