This will be the first year in quite some time that I’ve missed the Kuwait Liberation holiday festivities. In the past I’ve even flown from the US to Kuwait, and cut vacations short to make sure I never missed it. But that was in another time, when the celebration was fun, safe, and shared among locals.
Last year I noticed a drastic change… more than the years before. Families and small (supervised) children playing, laughing, and spraying foam on those passing by seemed to be replaced by young men (most from other countries) hanging out windows and trying to get attention. Foam was no longer allowed and those running out of water would opt to fill them with any liquid they could find… to include urine. What was once a well organized fun celebration has turned into complete chaos. Last year the traffic was painful and the police showed zero evidence of being able to handle it. In previous years the traffic was directed in such a way those participating would easily sit for hours waiting to move a few inches. No problem since celebrations take place in the streets. However, a quick u-turn would easily get one out of the mess and on a clear path to home. Last year we sat for a number of hours just trying to find access to a road home. The police had blocked every u-turn, every red light, and every possible way of getting out of the traffic. A total mess.
Additionally, I notice so few locals last year. Far less than the years before. I did, however, see Arab men (adults) physically fighting in the streets over derogatory name calling between their children. Great example, dad.
Sadly I expect this year to be no better. And will probably be even worse.
Happy celebrations, Kuwait!
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has warned against the sale of spray foam during the National and Liberation holidays, reports Al-Nahar daily quoting sources.
Sources confirmed the ministry has formed several teams of inspectors tasked to check cooperative societies and other establishments to ensure they don’t sell such harmful products.