Foto Friday – Tel Aviv Water War 2011

July 8, 2011 - 9:30 PM by

Every community has its traditions that stand convention on its head. Crunchy granola hippies have Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Educated Ivy Leaguers have International Talk Like A Pirate Day. And here in the arid, sun-parched Middle East, on the first July of the year, Tel Aviv holds its annual Water War.

For seven years running, the Water War has turned Rabin Square into a soggy mess o’ fun, as young and old run around in bathing suits, jump in the fountain and drench one another with bottles, buckets, balloons and water guns filled with H2O.

It may seem odd for a country with a ongoing drought to engage in this activity. Indeed, there have been efforts on the part of the Water Authority to cancel the event. But the Water Warriors maintain that the water used in battle is drawn only from the Rabin Square fountain, the logic apparently being that it’s God-given purpose is to moisten the corpus Tel Avivorum.

And apparently that is so. The TLV Water War is reportedly the world’s biggest water fight.

Photographer Guy Prives has been documenting the event and this year was moved to put together a slide show featuring the Women of the Water War. (I am assured there are men there as well).

Channel 2 News also felt the event was clip-worthy and blogger Erin Amsili has posted more great photos of Water War 2011 showing Rabin Square in all its watery glory — definitely worth a look.

This clip is from last year but the theme remains the same: there’s no end to the summer fun in “The City That Never Stops”.


4 Comments on Foto Friday – Tel Aviv Water War 2011

  1. shira on Sat, Jul 9th 2011 11:04 PM
  2. Why not during Shavuot like the rest of the country? No… TLV has to be “special”.

  3. Miriam on Sun, Jul 10th 2011 1:12 PM
  4. “corpus Tel Avivorum” – love it. And they waited till after to tear up the Square to replace the pavement (so now it looks like a huge sandbox)

  5. David on Sun, Jul 10th 2011 2:25 PM
  6. Really nice thread.

  7. Yariv on Fri, Jul 15th 2011 11:22 PM
  8. I enjoyed watching the shavuot clip from Tel Aviv, thanks girls!
    Why not showing the holiday as celebrated in other cities? Haifa? Jerusalem? Dimona? Eilat ?
    Show us the country

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