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 Post subject: Bayram in Greece
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 3:37 pm 
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Today is Bayram (Turkish for festival) in the Muslim world. This is the big celebration after the fast of Ramadan. We both went up to the village. I took some fotos but we have to be quite sensitive as to what we take.

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We first have to take a bus and then have a two hour walk up to the village. Here is Susan taking a rest and playing "The sound of music"


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During Ramadan every morning a drummer goes around the village to wake people well before sunrise so they can eat breakfast before sunrise and the start of the fast. On this day he goes around the village and collects gifts which are shared with the Mosque.


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This 87 year old lady is one of the many people we visited.


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As we were walking around this man jumped in front of us and asked for his picture to be taken. Unlike Jim I am not very good at portraits and foolishly let him stand in front of a white wall while wearing a white prayer hat.


The rest of the pix are just snaps of things as we went around.


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Leaves in water

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Detail of a flower


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A chestnut


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Autumn leaves. This was a bit of an accident (as usual). The sky was white and I under exposed the shot but the effect was dramatic.

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A woodpile in somone's back yard. I snuck in very quickly.


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very cool pictures ... noticed both men wore white hats... is that just one of those things or something special on this day?

Also .. are those thorns on the chessnuts .. never have seen those before.... got to really want whats inside if they are thorns.

I went out today as well .. but no one jumped in front of me and wanted their picture taken ... you get all of the breaks. :D

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Jim Wright wrote:
very cool pictures ... noticed both men wore white hats... is that just one of those things or something special on this day?
Jim, while we wait for Adrian to get back on line and answer that, here's a pic I took 3 weeks ago in a Muslim area in central China. I was told at the time that it's customary for the Muslim men to wear these hats all the time. But Adrian and Susan live in a different area, of course, so the custom may be different there.

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Oh, and Adrian, those are excellent fotos, as always! Keep up the good work.

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When I lived in Mindanao, it was the custom for men who had been on hadj to wear a distinctive cap.


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Walden wrote:
When I lived in Mindanao, it was the custom for men who had been on hadj to wear a distinctive cap.


Hadj? Is that to Mecca?

I think I remember seeing other colors as well .... just was wondering.

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First of all a correction to the text below me playing the recorder. I was playing Edelweiss from The Sound of Music and not the title song. I haven't learnt The Sound of Music by heart yet.

The white prayer hats are worn by a few of the men in the village most of the time, mainly older men. Most men wear them when they go to the mosque for prayers, although any hat without a rim will do. Even small children wear them when praying or at Koranic school. There were many more men wearing them yesterday for the festival. When they go into town, they don't wear these hats as they feel it marks them out as villagers.

Walden, what kind of hat did the men wear in Mindanao who had been on the hajj? In my village, those who have been on the hajj wear a red fez with a thick yellow band around it. They bring back the band from Mecca but the fez is made for them by the imam in the village. He has a special machine in his shop for making them. Pilgrims wear their hats a lot of the time, but again wouldn't wear them when they went to town.

There is also a special hat for those who are hojas (religious teachers), imams (prayer leaders in the mosque) and the hafus (not sure of the plural, it's a person who has memorised the Koran). They wear the fez with a thick white band. If you are entitled to wear both a yellow and a white band, the white band takes precedence.

I forgot to say that the men may not wear the fez in the summer as they are very hot. They would then prefer to wear the simple prayer hat.

Yes Jim, the hajj is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. There are at least four couples planning to go from my village this year.


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