2/14/2005

Valentine's Events


Be it cultural invasion, shallow commercialization of love or genuine celebration of it, Valentine's Day was "observed" in Damascus with flower and gift shops decorated in red and prices of red roses doubling several times. The day was spoiled by the news about the horrible explosion that killed ex-Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri in Beirut. Around noon, everybody was rushing back home to call friends and relatives in Beirut and to watch scenes of destruction in Beirut's beautiful Cornische, an area many Syrians know very well. May Allah bless Lebanon and spare it (and Syria) the consequences.

4 comments:

yaman said...

Wow. I am startled--I never expected this in Damascus. The pictures on your blog are entertaining.

Anonymous said...

Amen

yaman said...

I didn't look closely the first time, but that is Autostrad al-Mezzeh. My uncle owns a shop on that road. It is possible that you know him if you live in Villat al-Gharbieh or Villat al-Sharqiyyah.

Stellar said...

You know what? Seeing that made me feel I want to go back home to Syria. It has this special feel to it. Here in the UAE is pretty much dull well, maybe not in Dubai but Abu Dhabi is a different case.