3/18/04 -- Sheik Saeed Saleh of Baghdad, 35, prays as he holds
Mandeans' holy book, Ginza Raba, on the first day
of the annual Golden Day of Baptism near Tigris River in Baghdad, Iraq, on
Thursday, March 18, 2004. The ritual dress must be worn on all religious
occasions. The ritual dress may not be washed with soap.