Friday, 1 March 2013

I'm walking back home around midnight when I see this bizarre procession in the middle of a fairly busy road. Muslim-looking types with towels round their heads are carrying some ornate pallet, playing music, stopping every once in a while, chanting some nonsense, shouting, heaving the pallet up and down, then moving on. Behind them stretches an entire road full of blocked traffic.

Anyone have a clue what this is?

10 comments:

daithikent said...

a foreign invasion perhaps?

Anonymous said...

Ashura? The month when they mourn the death of the profit's grandson at the massacre at Karbala. Although that is a bigger deal with the Shiites than the Sunnis.

I think it's Ashura.

Timmy said...

What is it? It is a perfect target for strafing. Would that the West awakens at some point and actually does that.

Zimri said...

Ashura this year is on 14 November. Anyway Sunnis don't care, and Shi'a wouldn't do this in France (because the Sunnis would probably kill them).

There's nothing going on in Sunnism until 6 June / 27 Rajab, the "day of ascension" when Mo went up on that buraq.

What we have here is probably the anniversary in the Islamic calendar of some local terrorist or criminal. Don't know which yet.

Hubert said...

just like any other religious procession: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procession

AMDG said...

Come on, la Semana Santa de Andalucía :) A unique Barroque show.

Imaginary specifically designed to ward off Muslims, Jews and Protestants, and in general iconoclastic bigots :)

Anonymous said...

I am Catholi does that include me?

Anonymous said...

Catholic sorry

Zimri said...

Semana Santa? Don't the Spaniards share Holy Week with the, er, Church? That should be 24-30 March.

You have a point, though - it could be a rehearsal...

AMDG said...

Right, a rehearsal. There is no image on the train. Nor any dress formality...

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