Shop keepers in Israel’s big cities typically display their wares on the sidewalk, especially along the known tourist routes. On a dreary overcast day in Nazareth (predominantly Muslim), this bright splash of color caught my eye.
I shot this while hiking down the hill from the Basillica of Annunciation, site of the Virgin Mary’s original home, trying not to miss my tour bus. I thought it was a rack of silk scarves that are sold almost everywhere. Not that it mattered, I was struck by the array of vivid color.
Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a rack of abayas, the full length, loose-fitting, robe-like over-garment that the local women wear. The traditional color, however, is black, and I never saw any women dressed this colorfully … except for a very few around the mosques. So, I assume it is the equivalent of America’s “Sunday Best”.
Thought for the Day: There is a Sunday conscience as well as a Sunday coat, and those who make religion a secondary concern put the coat and conscience carefully by to put on only once a week. Charles Dickens