Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Here in the Philippines

...we have the feast of st. john the baptist. every town who has him as patron saint hold the tradition of dousing everybody with water to commemorate the baptist's ministry.

it seems christians in iraq have a similar tradition. but in lieu of john the baptist's feast day, they commemorate mass baptisms by Jesus and the apostles.
"Iraq's approximately 180,000 Assyrians and a large number of their Muslim neighbors celebrate the festival, called Nusardil, by splashing, if not dousing, each other with water. Many children and young adults use the occasion to mount high-spirited water wars."

at least it's better than hurling explosives at each other.

(via Katolik Shinja)

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