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August 3, 2012

For today’s photo of the week, I’m going to show you a photo from Kenya. No surprises there. But I wanted to try to pick a picture that you haven’t seen before. No wild animals. No starving children. No sad eyes. I wanted to showcase an experience we often don’t see, or even think of when we think of “Africa”.


Celeste’s Birthday

The students at Ombogo High School have a tradition. When it’s your birthday, they pour water on you. “Pour” doesn’t actually adequately describe it. They pump water into every bucket and bowl and dump it on you. It begins with a cup or two until they lead you to the pump…for convenience sake and quick re-filling. It’s a half hour ritual. But it’s also a celebration. Here are smart, educated young women who are full of joy and have reason to rejoice. I don’t think we see enough of this today from the portrayal of Africa in the media. I wish we lived in a world where people were just as motivated to donate and support faces of bright young women as victims of malaria and HIV. Because behind all the doom and gloom, there is joy. It’s not even hard to find.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 3, 2012 7:55 pm

    Beautifully said! 100% agree! Amazing shot! Love Kenya!!

  2. August 3, 2012 9:06 pm

    This snapshot of yours captivates the other, unknown side of Africa! It gives a sense of inspiration to readers like me! Keep it up!

    • August 5, 2012 2:30 pm

      Thank you for your wonderful comments :). I am looking forward to continuing this blog and I love meeting other people interested in travel and the world around them!

  3. Jaynne permalink
    August 6, 2012 1:13 pm

    Maddy..that was friend said they threw water on their car as they left the hotel when they were just in Turkey. It was for good luck. Have never heard of these traditions!! thanks you..Quinns Grandma

    • August 6, 2012 7:52 pm

      Cultural traditions are fascinating and that’s why we have our culture spotlight so we can learn more about other cultures! Thank you for reading!


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