"Nasutus" - Strangers 166/200
I had no idea what they were doing. I suddenly saw a bunch of youngsters dipping in the Havis Amanda pool, down town, Helsinki. Most of them were covered with ketchup, mustard, honey, syrup, eggs, flour and all sorts of muddy-like disgusting stuff.
I asked the girl on the right in my photo above, what was this all about. She said it was a traditional thing that the second year students do to younger first year students.
They throw that condiment stuff at them, order them around like slaves and expect to be obeyed and worshiped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Initiation
"Next year we'll do it to the first year students as well!" she said triumphantly, as if revenge is sweet.
Well, finally I got it. It's plain bullying, but they all seemed to have lots of fun somehow.
Although I haven't got their names--there was too much turbulence going on to concentrate on memorizing names and too much water splashing around, which my camera didn't like-- nevertheless, these are my Strangers # 66 in my second round of the 100 Strangers project.
Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers from around the world, in the Flickr group 100 Strangers.