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How Not to Celebrate National Day

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  1. I wrote about the same….

    “National day isn’t a day that gives you a free ticket to offend someone, or become a racist or step on other people’s lives.” Well said bro…

  2. What replaced foam? The f-ing super-soaker water guns! It isn’t much different.

    2 years ago, going from my house door to my car, 4 little demons sprayed me from head to foot with water guns. I went inside, dryed my hair, re-did my make-up; went out and they did it AGAIN! they then broke into my back yard. What is funny about that? What part of the liberation of Kuwait does that celebrate? It was a deliberate act by a gang of young boys (Kuwaiti) directed at me. I called the police.

    To say that this is happening by “kids of other nationalities” or that this behavior is limited only to the Gulf Road is utterly bullshit. It is happening shamelessly by kids of all nationalities – including many Kuwaiti kids (the majority by my experience) and in ALL areas of Kuwait.

    This year, I was driving on both 7th Ring Road and on 604 (Kabd) Road and I was sprayed by 20-something MEN with water guns. And on 604, driving at a fast rate of speed, there were Kuwaiti kids (license plate – Asima) seated on the passenger window, throwing hard water balloons at car windshields. Sorry, but to me that’s not a game – that is either assault or attempted vehicular manslaughter: Anybody could have died. It wasn’t aimed at foreigners – they were trying to hit anyone.

    This isn’t “celebration” – this is a blatant insult to the respect and decency of Kuwait and it is borderline criminal activity. It isn’t about liberation or freedom. It is about chaos and anarchy. I agree with the person above who stated it is similar to “Purge” night.

    … and I tried to AVOID being in the middle of it! They all need to be put in jail and have their heads shaved!!!

  3. I was born and raised in Kuwait and this has been the scene ever since I can remember it to be.During my childhood days it used to be mostly Kuwaiti, badoons or Egyptian kids who used to storm our building like a pack of wild boars and hitting us with whatever they can find,while we used to play in our building premises.

    Now after 18 years it’s still the same. The most irritating phrase you hear after a Kuwaiti does something completely irrational or anti social is “Ana Kuwaiti..!! Intha shunu savi??” (I am a Kuwaiti, what will you do or rather what can you do?). And this isn’t just about Kuwaitis. I find most Arabs finding it hilarious when someone is in pain or being humiliated or insulted or when someone cries because they have been harmed. Two days back me and my friend got sprayed in Farwaniya and the kid who could just barely hold his gun after his act showed us his middle finger.

    A word of caution to the parents of such kids,” One day people will reciprocate to the actions of your kids and your silence and the pride and joke you find in such acts. On such an occasion be prepared to remain silent and get hurt cos you alone have brought this on them. Karma is a very powerful tool and it acts like a boomerang!!!! “. And even if people forget TIME will NOT.

  4. this year they found ONE MORE new way to celebrate..

    by filling balloon with water & STONE… no idea when they will learn how to celebrate the NATIONAL day

    most disgusting part is even the PARENTS encourage their little ones to do this s**t…. it is fun when the other person is enjoying the same

  5. My 70 year old dad was driving and we left the home for a short while to run some errands. Stopping at a red traffic light, 2 loser kuwaiti kids forced open his door and sprayed him in face and all all over the car. FYI, he is a stroke patient that has left him with painful side effects on one of his eyes. Insulting your elders and harassing a 70 year old man is “KUWAITI NATIONAL CELEBRATION PRIDE DAY”???? I was born in Kuwait but moved abroad many years ago, I am ashamed of being associated with a country that has children being raised this way by the dumbest parents possible! There were cop cars at every traffic light on gulf road and guess what they did? WATCHED, found it amusing that the kids were doing this. I had to pull over and help my dad clear his eye sight before driving

  6. I mentioned this issue in twitter.I got a response from a follower who thought I was over reacting and that kids should feel free to celebrate the way they like!!
    I was speechless @!

  7. What we see is the lost future generation of Kuwait!!!! Pity on the parents! For the past few days, in Ahmadi, such activities have been going on under the patronage of idiotic parents and the police standing beside them doing nothing as if its legal…Can only feel sorry for them.

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  1. Nadia Al-Wathiqui said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 10:23 pm)

    It should be contained to only the gulf road. It can be a great fun time. However like others have mentioned respect is lacking. If someone shows they do not want to be sprayed they shouldnt! Secondly, people can do nasty things like substitute water for other substances. It usually is a nice, kid friendly time in the morning hours like 10,11ish but then it gets crazy and all respect and common sense flies out with the water. Ive seen cringeworthy moments of unsupervised kids running in the middle of the street in front of cars (dangerous!!!!) and people being plain rude...a teenager dumping an entire bucket of water through the sunroof of a car with a family who were clearly there to witness the fun and not directly participate. That being said, if you dont want to be hassled avoid the areas that are infamous during the celebrations and be weary of the time you are going out and about.

  2. Marian Brooks said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 12:23 pm)

    While driving in south surra a girl of about 10 ran at my car and threw a water balloon at my windscreen....i braked so hard am supprised my air bags didnt open......i could have lost control and knocked her over....her parents thought it was funny....I DIDNT

  3. Walter Manoy said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 12:48 pm)

    Problem is that kids of other nationalities are more troublesome than kuwaity kids... They do more harmful things to asian expats in particular. We notice that when were driving and saw kuwaity kids wanted to spray at us, we just give a sign like peace then they just smile and leave as. but kids of other arab parents? they will see to it that they get what they want to you. They calibrate more than kuwaity do :D .. Just sharing my thoughts about it based on my personal experience... .

  4. Indra Ending said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 06:46 pm)

    Apparently they need better way to celebrate Independence Day in positive manner. Take a sample from neighbor country UAE how creative their way to celebrate national day by doing carnival. Guess should start from their school, when the teachers educate and guide the children to be more positive in manner and activities... God Bless Kuwait...

    • Normando DelosSantos said: (on March 1, 2015 @ 05:00 pm)

      Carnival? And you think nobody will oppose it? Or maybe they will prepare for it. Then at the last moment, it will be cancelled!

    • Katharine McLaughlin said: (on March 1, 2015 @ 06:31 pm)

      Why would this type of education start in school...and not at home?

    • Tarek Merachli said: (on March 1, 2015 @ 06:36 pm)

      Katharine McLaughlin At home AND school

    • Indra Ending said: (on March 1, 2015 @ 06:45 pm)

      Kids spend more time in school especially in this country which is majority parents are working and has little time only for children. Mostly the examples that kids got are from school and other environment... But I should agree with u, kids are parents responsibility and kids reflect their parents

    • Malaka Umm Dawud said: (on March 2, 2015 @ 08:51 am)

      Sure we can teach these kids at school, but it starts and ends at home. Much of the time kids treat their teachers like they treat their nannies. If the parents do not reinforce what is being taught in school you cant blame the school or the teachers. This irresponsible behavior is not taught at school but at home and on the streets after school.

  5. Reeside Stepero la Dallal said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 06:39 pm)

    Children are a reflection of their parents...

  6. Khuram Imtiaz said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 04:39 pm)

    It reminds me of a movie called purge, where one day out of a year is allowed to commit crimes.

  7. Khaled Seif Mahdy said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 01:10 pm)

    Never seen such celebration like here , even to think about the relation between independence and water balloon it gets u to nowhere ! Before foam i have been attacked several times by kids were trying to open up my car doors by force aint funny at all ,,

  8. Nadeem Akram said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 07:32 pm)

    To be free is not merely to cast off ones chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others

  9. Adeeb Razaq said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 05:36 pm)

    Not sure if kuwait independence day or shit water day ... stupid ppl

  10. Marlon Pacle Mercado said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 04:48 pm)

    what is the connection between water and their independence.we are walking on our way when suddeny a car containing 3 or 4 adult spray water to a lady kabayan.how annoying that we are on the opposite side.hope one day they wont lose their independence again.just sharing that this is not only the incident happening around kuwait.

  11. Keith Picardo said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 06:40 pm)

    Well I noticed an adult couple literally chasing and spraying water on a womans face ..who was walking alone ... ...the scene was horrifying and disgusting. Which literally potrays the culture , and upbringing of that couple . Shocking thing was that the man behind the wheel (such a coward).was encouraging the woman for the shamefull act...If not for the race ...but at least the shameless woman should have respect for another woman . ..and yes they were not Kuwaitis..

  12. Reem Al-Abdulrazzaq said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 02:47 pm)

    I dont look forward to such celebrations anymore! Better to stay indoors or travel abroad!

  13. Yuliya Kabashniuk said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 06:50 pm)

    Believe me no teacher at school teaches them to play with water guns. All the celebrations include poetry about Kuwait, singing and dancing.

    • Katharine McLaughlin said: (on March 1, 2015 @ 06:33 pm)

      Thank you! As a teacher...I dont even let small ES children pretend that their fingers are guns. And who buys these water-guns, bibi guns, and cap guns for children. Certainly not teachers.

  14. Margarita Georgieva said: (on March 1, 2015 @ 04:50 pm)

    We always leave Kuwait... its horrible and disrespectful. Throwing water is disrespectful even to nature! I mean... come on! In the middle of the desert you are throwing it away, wasting it... It is the same with everything else anyway. Many people place no value in anything because they do not value anything anyway. We have several lost generations in Kuwait. That is so sad.

  15. Tam Meme Alflah said: (on March 1, 2015 @ 03:53 pm)

    On Tuesday my husbands friend had our car window down as he was new to kuwait he didnt know that he would get covered in water. Some kid started using his watergun and has now damaged the electrics on our car!!!Who will pay for the damages??? US of course!!!! I really have to ask what water fights have to do with liberating Kuwait????? Tuesday wasnt even the day that Kuwait was liberated so why start waterfights so early especially when its so late in the evening??? This stupid idea really needs to stop or someone will be seriously hurt!!!

  16. Anwar Al-Enizi said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 06:17 pm)

    Well there is a Street they do this between them this game..like Gulf Street Only.... others place or Street if someone hit or did this.... this will be not acceptable at all and you can complain agains to them even kids....

  17. Erika K Longeway said: (on March 1, 2015 @ 06:00 am)

    Their is fun and then their is just DISRESPECTFUL! They dont know the limit or the line!in most cases they go over the limits. Iv known a case where they opened the persons door and threw a balloon inside! Such savages! And the police condone such things. Such double standards !

  18. Jp Vaz said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 09:44 pm)

    Sure it is upsetting!!! Better luck next national day! Better plan what to do for it not to be upsetting again next yr!!!

  19. Caesar Fernandes said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 07:27 pm)

    only in Kuwait do you have to wait 365 days, 8,760 hours, 31.5 million seconds to drive down the road in a nonchalant fashion conduct your chores.. only to be hit by.. wait for it............... WATER. Yup, Hala Hala.

  20. Kirsty AlBahlooli said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 06:44 pm)

    Attacked in my car during this time 5 years ago. The Ahmadi streets were full of families and not one person helped me. They all just stood, watched and laughed whilst I was attacked repeatedly. The police werent interested. That same day a bus of philapinos had been turned over. Again, nothing was done.

  21. Timeline May said: (on March 1, 2015 @ 04:43 am)

    I was walking by the sea side and that was no fun. Never felt worse in my life. Will never leave my house again At Independence Day.

  22. Adriana Feitosa said: (on March 1, 2015 @ 03:15 pm)

    Do not expect anything from parents, they are the ones who buy the water guns and bring the kids down with water supply and even engage in spraying water. Stay home.

  23. Shaan Navas said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 05:11 pm)

    Oops

  24. Jan Rae Lanante said: (on March 2, 2015 @ 03:58 am)

    Classic example of a bullshit

  25. Grace Binauhan said: (on February 28, 2015 @ 05:43 pm)

    Immature way for d adult....for d kidz ..parents must supervise their children....

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