Foto Friday – Tel Aviv Water War 2011
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).
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”.