Fishing and falling roses at Ain El Mrayseh on the independence day

Thanks to global warming, the weather on the independence day in Beirut was just awesome! Warm temperature and -almost- clear blue skies made it perfect for a walk at Ain El Mrayseh.

Fortunately the corniche was not congested with joggers and bikers, but fishers were just everywhere, and standing at the most bizarre places!

… the guys above were actually standing right where sewage water is dumped into the sea!

How can they still eat the fish they get from the sewage water is beyond my understanding, unless they sell them to other people like the man below was doing.

However, I seem to have missed a cool initiative by the Lebanese army and Leo Burnett! At around 3:30PM, a military helicopter flew at low altitude over the Manara corniche, releasing thousands of red roses attached to miniature white parachutes, carrying a message “Bihimayat Al Jonoud, Tanmou Al Wouroud”, or “Roses flourish under the protection of our soldiers”. The operation was called “Roses from the Sky” (you can watch a video about it here)

@chaftari from Leo was kind enough to share these photos with me.

I personally had mixed feeling about this operation… what do you think?

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6 Responses to Fishing and falling roses at Ain El Mrayseh on the independence day

  1. okyrhoe November 26, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    0 points for ingenuity, and definitely a negative response on my part.
    “operation” “executed” (as described by LeoBurnettBeirut on their YTupload) … The language to describe it as well as the action itself immediately brings to mind IDF propaganda missions preceding military strikes. eg,

  2. myrz November 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    lle byermike bwarde braso bkhartesh farde style??:P

    i personally found it sweet and fun… they used a usually negative means for a very positive end… instead of throwing fliers and/or threats, helicopters actually threw roses at the people… why nag about it?

    however i don’t understand why it was in ain el mraisseh only… budget issues? i sooo wanted a rose!

    zen, peace and stuff 😀

  3. Mariam November 27, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    I agree with myrz, I wish they expanded beyond the boundaries of Beirut. We are all Lebanese after all.

    But I wonder how much this cost them? Doesn’t the army need money? Though I don’t support the whole we need better weapons thing- we don’t need to be militarized like all these other countries -at the same time- should someone attack.. how do we protect ourselves? Too many countries have their eyes on us.

  4. Hasan March 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Hello, amazing article
    thank you
    I would like to share with you this panoramic 360 view for manara :

    kindly give me ur comment

  5. Jihad April 11, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    hello Hasan,
    thanks amazing site,
    and thanks rami for the article


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