A lot of Bassawis had a tradition of playing cards and gambling on their next year’s crops. That was a tradition, which the Khammaras and cafés in Al Bassa made possible to keep (khammara is a traditional Palestinian pub and café normally for men). Actually it was the gamblers, who were the most worried, because they would not have anything to gamble on. The Bassawi Christians could not find any practical solution to that problem except to go to the Catholic priest George Bittar to find a solution. The priest held a mass at the Church, and later he went with the crowds (Catholics and Orthodox) to Al Bayader square (an open area near the southern entrance to Al Bassa, which was used to gather the crops after the harvest).
The crowds and the priest carried the church´s cross, some sacred icons, and the Holy Communion to that square, while others ringed the bells of the two Churches of Al Bassa. At that time my father was still a boy, and he was one of those who carried the sacred icons. At Al Bayader the priest carried on with the holly mass. Sometime later the Moslem Bassawis came and joined in prayer with their Christian Bassawi brothers and sisters. All the Bassawis prayed and chanted for many hours. Suddenly a dark cloud appeared in the sky and started raining heavily. The Bassawis kept on praying and chanting until every shiber (a hand measure equal to 25 cm) in Al Bassa got soaked with rain-water.