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Christmas fair celebrates Lebanese-Brazilian culture, and gives backAmid the ongoing holiday flurry, 20 Lebanese-Brazilian women exhibited their handmade goods at the "Jingle and Mingle" market Tuesday as part of a seasonal celebration of community bonds and giving back. Current figures estimate that around 7 million Brazilians have Lebanese ancestry.According to Cordeiro, the first group of Lebanese nationals who immigrated to Brazil were largely Maronite. Now, he said, the Lebanese population in Brazil is religiously diverse and lives across the country.Mona Hachem, a vendor at the market, said she was born and raised in Brazil to Lebanese parents before moving back to her ancestral country when she married her Lebanese husband.
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