Location and boundaries

Bejdarfel is a Lebanese village located at an altitude 430 meters above sea-shore level. The village is situated on the hills overlooking the Batroun villages from several sides. 

Boundaries: Bejdarfel is surrounded by Kour from the East, Ejdabra from the west, Ibrine from the north and bounded by Kfifan from the south, where is the Monastery of Saints Cyprian and Justina.

Bejdarfel is a part of Batroun District and is 58 km away from the city of Beirut, 8 km away from the city of Batroun district center and 36 km away from the city of Tripoli county center, which is the second biggest city in Lebanon. To reach it you drive up from Batroun, passing through Ejdabra, Ibrine, and before turning into the Ibrine village intersection you turn right.  Newly you can reach it from Ejdabra via road "Karem Sah".


Name and meaning

Bejdarfel is an ancient village,
which includes ruins dating back over two thousand years before the time of Christ, as stated on the boards centered at the entrances to the town.

Bejdarfel is an ambiguous name may be from the Syriac, which means house of Elephant rivulet” or from the Aramaic “beged” is the garment, or the treason” + name “Rafael.

This name may be compound of “bet gdar fila” from Syriac. The first part means: Place and locality, the second part means: brook, rivulet and the third part means: elephant. The meaning shall be place or site of elephant rivulet.

Or it may be compound of two parts from Phoenician and Aramaic “beged” in the sense of garment and clothes and treason and treachery. And Rafael in the sense of “God healing” or “God wellness”, from the root rafa common semitism means soft, welfare and healing. It may be in the name “gad” is also the God of luck.

 

Population

Bejdarfel has a population of more than 1200 registered people, and the number of electors Spring 2009 is 815, and the voters at summer 2009 are 612 votes. Distributed sectarian to 97% Maronites and 3% Christian denominations. The number of her dwellings is 200 and the number of non-residential institutions is 23.


Families

Bejdarfel most known families are:
Abi Rached, Sakr (Saker), Hayek, Rizk, Ishak, Ouainy, Mansour, Tanios, Mounzer, Azar, Ghalloub, Zakkour, Ghanem, Boutros, Tamer, Lahoud, Bark, Elia, Hanna, Sleiman, Nader, Abi Ghanem, Rachid, Abi Nasr, Al-Debes (Debs), Wakim, Al-Ahmar, Antoun, Barakat, Boustany, Ghostine, Fares, Layoun, Semaan, Ghoussein, Maroun, Nasr, Haidar, Rostom, Karam, El-Zir, Merched, Kozah, Chikhany.   


Antiquities and Heritage

·   Cave of “El-Madarat”.

·   The remnants of old buildings and sarcophaguses in the locality “El-Rooss”, located on the outskirts of the town.

·   In the locality of “El-Mazaree” a rock carved in the form of a cow or a calf.


Houses of worship

 ·   Church of St. Pantaleon, the patron saint of women infertile who rush to visit his headquarters, a request to give birth. This church was built around the year 1763.

·    A church on the name of St. Anthony of Padua built in 1911.

·   A church on the name of St. Lucian of Antioch, the patron saint of eyes, built in 1880.


Religious feasts

 ·   Feast of St. Lucian at July 22.

·   Feast of St. Pantaleon at July 27.

·   Feast of St. Anthony of Padua at 13 June.


Official bodies

The official body composed from one mayor and three members of the mayoral body.