My name is Ghoulba and I’ve been working with 5/5 since 2009.
Do you know the story of Wednesday (the Day of the Mad) in Homs?
2,000 years ago, the inhabitants of the ancient city of Emesa (now called Homs, in Syria) were known for their veneration of Elagabalus, Roman emperor and Sun King, but also for their respect for ancient pagan traditions; therefore, they created the so-called “Day of the Mad”. On this day, the most absurd behaviour is tolerated from everyone. According to certain researchers, the tradition of “Day of the Mad” carried on until halfway through the 20th century.
Even the Orontes (main river of ancient Syria) changes direction when it passes Homs; its Arabic name is Nahr-el-‘Assi, which means the “stubborn river”, which is probably due to the fact that, unlike other rivers in the region, it runs from south to north.
The people of Homs are always the butt of jokes. I’ll tell you a little one: a soldier from Homs is playing with a grenade. A brother in arms warns him to be careful, as he soon causes an explosion. “Don’t worry,” replies the solder. “I’ve got others in stock!”