Firing weapons in the air is a local custom rooted in tradition and history and nurtured by more than a century of frivolity and intercommunal love. The British Consul General in Beirut, Henry Alfred Cumberbatch, coined the word “revolverism” to describe it:

At Easter the usual firing of revolvers and rifles surpassed the noise made on the Prophet’s Birthday Anniversary, as described in my previous report of this series, and it would seem that, merely out of a spirit of defiance towards the authorities, many Mussulmans assisted the Christians on this occassion.

(Foreign Office Records 195/2312, July 15, 1909)