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    "Top blog/Renato Obeid's World/Today's pick: This rambling weblog is worth reading not so much for its satirical posts but more for its insight into the minutiae of life in Lebanon, including the etiquette of road accidents and how to hire a taxi.” -Jane Perrone, The Guardian

    Friday, June 06, 2003  
    Most of those bearing flowers are Sri Lankan ( and to a lesser extent ) Filipino domestic workers, as are about a quarter to a half of the actual walkers according to my approximation.
    So either there’s been a mass conversion to Maronite Catholicism by thousands of Sri Lankan and Filipino Catholics, which is highly unlikely, or, more probably, they’re more religious and pious than we are.
    They seem to be a lot more reverential and serious about it, as they walk up, compared to quite a lot of our pilgrims who see it as an opportunity to have a good time and socialize and a small but loud minority who shout and scream and carry on – which is obviously not in the spirit of the occasion.
    Some of those Sri Lankan domestics I was told had set up a small ad hoc stand just down the road from here and were distributing votive free food ( presumably for a short time only, whilst stocks lasted ) to the faithful.
    Granted that’s not common Christian practice these days but I think ( not a hundred percent sure though, I’ll have to check ) that that isn’t in howling violation of Christian tenets.
    Tell that to the proprietor of the nearby “Worlds Most Expensive Manouchie*** Kiosk” ( the names have been changed to protect the guilty ) who decided who called the police complaining that they were taking his business!
    The manouchie police promptly came and dispersed them!
    Theyre “crime”? – being charitable in Marounistan during the religion of charity’s holiest month!

    10:07 am

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