Last Friday, the sky of Damascus was in rainbow colours for a couple of hours, music in the street, dancing, and joy all over the place; inhabitants of the Syrian capital, went out celebrating the commencement of the “I Love Damascus” statue at the heart of the city, Umayyad Square. Meanwhile, a couple of kilometers away were heavy clashes.
People say sometimes, how can you show joy and live like nothing is happening around you?
how can you celebrate publicly when there are others suffering not so far from you?
how can you play music and someone lost a beloved in the neighbouring house?
Are we expected to dress in black, never to smile, never to play music in the streets, never to enjoy small moments of life, to bury ourselves in life?? what for??
Would that bring back the dead?
Would it make us stronger?
Would it make us safer?
Would it wash away the pain?
Would it end war?
Six years of war so far, and no one knows how longer will it last. Syria has seen much throughout history, but never did life seize to exist, and never will.. Read more
Last week I came across an amazing website that is your perfect guide to Damascus city, and it’s available in English.
Bending the will to celebrate life and beauty in a city like Damascus is something that six years of war was not able to achieve; not even 600 years of war would do it.
Damascus has always had its special touch and style celebrating different occasions, Christmas, Ramadan, New Year, Al Fitr, Al Adha, Halloween, end of school..