Wednesday, May 03, 2006
We just finished with Independence Day celebrations and now it's on to the next big holiday - Lag Ba'Omer, if my desk calendar notation is accurate. Reading the Wikipedia reference for the latter, I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out how backyard bonfires tie in with the ceremonial 49-day Omer countdown (read about it on Wiki) but hey, I'll pull out the marshmallows and stick regardless.
And again upon desk calendar consult, it appears we've been holidaying on average every few days since April. I'm exaggerating. But there are quite a few. And I enjoy it.
A note about the holiday mass gathering thing. Independence Day Eve, we went over to Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to mill around, catch live entertainment, buy some Rave Party psychedelic glow sticks and wait for the fireworks to start with thousands of other fellow HLC'ers (Holy Land Central'ers).
To those living in non-HLC locales, this next part might seem a bit odd but just go with me on it: One of the things absent in the HLC crowd scene is an undercurrent of violence. It's there in America, for sure. And London too. I'm talking about the "Did you just touch me? Because if you did I'll have to start a fight with you because..." (I have no idea why)
I can't recall seeing a fight break out at any event here ever. I'm not saying it doesn't happen. Teen club stabbings were weekly events not long ago.
But that undercurrent just isn't present. My English friend concurs. She says that in London you "have to watch who you stand next to at a concert or you might get whopped by a drunk".
Is it because people here aren't huge drinkers? Or because they get the ya-ya's out during military time? I've never worked this one out but it certainly makes for a relaxing time when joining the masses - that is unless the masses are in the middle of a demonstration or Gaza withdrawal.
Not funny, okay.