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Residents laud ban on water balloons

KUWAIT: The environmental law that penalizes the act of throwing water balloons has been welcomed by many citizens and residents in Kuwait. While many people support the stringent measures as necessary for upholding environmental protection and resource conservation, few others oppose the law, expressing concerns about its potential infringement on personal liberties and viewing it as excessive.

Speaking to Kuwait Times, Hadia Ali, 42, expressed her delight about this year’s celebration, recalling the joyous occasions of the past when National Day was marked with genuine camaraderie during processions, devoid of any harmful activities or frivolous water play. She fondly recalled the beauty of those moments and expressed appreciation for the collaboration between the Ministry of Interior and the Youth, highlighting a sense of unity and purpose during the festivities.

Talal Hamedan, 24, reflected on this year’s celebrations, drawing parallels from those of the 1980s. He noted the sense of joy and satisfaction among the people, reminiscent of a bygone era. “One notable difference was the absence of the fear of water projectiles damaging cars or injuring passengers when opening car windows. This change was attributed to the effective measures and organization implemented by the Ministry of Interior,” he said.

Additionally, Hamedan appreciated the kindness of the young men distributing sweets, lollipops, and chocolates to the citizens and residents, adding

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to the festive atmosphere. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Ghazal, 33, expressed relief following the celebrations, noting a marked difference from the usual aftermath of such events in Kuwait as she was accustomed to seeing streets strewn with garbage and remnants of water balloons and empty bottles.

Ghazal found the post-celebration scene surprisingly different this time. Living opposite the Al-Blajat Street, she credited the effectiveness of the new regulations and laws in not only preserving the environment but also transforming the perception about celebration into one that is civilized and aesthetically pleasing.

However, Sarah Al-Farhan, 39, voiced her disagreement with the law. She emphasized that these activities fostered a sense of camaraderie among strangers, bringing people together in a unique way. Agreeing with Al-Farhan, Um Abdallah, 43, said many visitors come to Kuwait specifically to participate in this celebration, adding that this year’s celebration was unique and not as before.

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