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Kuwait Tradition?

Last night, out along Gulf road, we got to see first hand all the celebrations for Kuwait National Day and Kuwait Liberation Day. I’m like a kid; I love to see the bright lights! Sorry if these are a little fuzzy, but there is no place to stop when you are dragging along Gulf Road. There are some fabulous lights in downtown Kuwait, sparkling and BRIGHT but impossible to photograph while you are driving along, and – well, you know what it is like to try to find a parking spot, right? Ho ho hohohohho!



I love to see people out having a good time, I love all the cars covered with Kuwaiti flags – even motorcycles with flags. It’s like one continuous long parade. I love all the decorated buildings, I love the atmosphere of celebration and gaiety. . .

And I found myself wondering how this one particular “traditon” started? How does it get to be something you expect? Those skinny little adolescent boys with their cans of spray foam? People driving with their children hanging out the windows? People in convertibles with their kids sitting on the back seats, goofing off? Where are their parents???

Where traffic is jammed up I can understand that the kids aren’t really in any danger, but once traffic gets going, parents, please, pull your children into the seats where they belong!

Also, I have never seen such a huge police presence. While everyone else is having a five-day holiday, these guys must all be on duty! There were police everywhere, trying to make sure the jubilation didn’t get out of hand. They were polite, they were kind to the youngsters, and they kept a highly visible presence which, I am convinced, is probably necessary. I think they are doing a great job. I like it a lot when protection is gently provided. πŸ™‚


February 24, 2008 - Posted by | Adventure, Community, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Holiday, Kuwait, Living Conditions | ,


  1. mmm the 2nd pic is in salwa next to my house πŸ˜› what were u doing there? πŸ˜€

    Comment by Amu | February 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. No kidding, Amu??!! Maybe we were looking for YOU? Actually, we go to church in that area, and at one time, my husband lived nearby temporarily while we waited for our current place. NICE area.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. Oh yeah on wasmi al wasmi street there is this church where alot of people go to!!!

    Comment by Amu | February 24, 2008 | Reply

  4. They should take them kids and smack their butts with canes in the stations, along with parents, maybe then we get some sense in this place.

    Comment by Purgatory | February 24, 2008 | Reply

  5. It might be fun for some but it’s really annoying when foam is sprayed all over your car! 😦

    Comment by bbq8 | February 24, 2008 | Reply

  6. Purgatory I saw some really nifty canes for you tonight at the souq πŸ˜›

    Comment by jewaira | February 25, 2008 | Reply

  7. Amu, we don’t go to the one on Wasmi al Wasmi, but I think a lot of people do!

    Smack the parents with canes, too, Purg? LLLOOOLLLLLL! Ijust wonder where they think their children are, while they are out their with their cans vandalizing cars and scaring all the pretty girls?

    bbq8 – Totally annoying. Totally.


    Comment by intlxpatr | February 25, 2008 | Reply

  8. I love to see National Day Celebration in my Country!

    Comment by zainoba | February 25, 2008 | Reply

  9. I am an advocate of canning people, if we applied the Singapore rule for littering we would have full stations all day, less traffic πŸ˜‰

    Comment by Purgatory | February 25, 2008 | Reply

  10. Look at all those lights, and they say we don’t have electricity.

    Comment by The M Code | February 25, 2008 | Reply

  11. Zainoba – Me too. I even have a Kuwait flag flying!

    Caning or canning, Purg? πŸ˜‰ They also cane people for chewing gum! The police would have their hands full here in Kuwait with all the littering!

    M Code – yeh and they hold national day and liberation day in February when no-one is running their ACs to empower those lights.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 25, 2008 | Reply

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  13. i just hated what you wrote

    Comment by selena | October 28, 2009 | Reply

  14. Selena, can you be specific? What is it that you hated?

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 28, 2009 | Reply

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