Item 01: Henry Frederick Wallace Tucker diary, 14 September 1914-31 December 1915 - Page 118
July 10 Saturday 1915
Started at 9 AM at Post Office writing in the names of the wounded men & their addresses worked till 3. 30 PM
Went and got valise from Victor
During this month & part of August the natives celebrate a religious custom by fasting between the hours of 4 AM to 8 PM daily. During these hours very little work is done and the time is occupied by sleeping. After the hour of 8PM they are allowed to eat as much as they like, till the early hours of the morning, when again they fast. After this month expires, there is proclaimed 3 days holiday, when the natives clothe themselves & their wives & children in their very best attire and parade the streets, eating drinking and making merry. The sight is one never to be forgotten for the different colors & the flags all blending together to make the scene a very gay one. Even little children come out in silk and satin & the colors are like the rainbow. Cannons are fired, & everything is done to proclaim the days of fasting are ended.
July 11 Sunday 1915
This morning after Breakfast - went to hear Rev. Philpot in M. church after lunch went to Russell Soldiers Home.
Major Stephen of Imperial Army spoke to us (it was good)
Had tea with Miss Michell & helped with service afterwards arrived back to Boarding House 9. 30 PM very tired
July 12 Monday 1915
Working all day at Post Office work very light hope I can stick to it for a while