Old Salting

Every year in April at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., white-gloved honor guards dump water into the dry fountain in a tradition called “salting.” The tradition, according to Atlas Obscura, began when ancient fi shing fl eets made offerings at the water’s edge in exchange for safe passage and protection from mythical beasts. After the fountain, which is left dormant during the winter months to prevent plumbing ruptures, is blessed it is re-watered.

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