I can't believe another year has past so quickly. It's Ramazan again. I remember clearly writing about it last year here and was just reading my post again and realised that I didn't hear the drummer in the early hours of the last two mornings. I don't think that I was in such a deep sleep that I just didn't hear him...and in any case Beki is sleeping on the balcony and her barking at the drummer would certainly have woken me up.
I found an interesting article in Todays Zaman about the tradition of the Ramazan drummer, and discovered that there is in fact only one woman drummer in the whole of Turkey.
I'm wondering if the village drummer isn't being used this year. I have discovered since moving here that the men of the village are not very religious. My father-in-law (who attends mosque regularly) told me that when he is staying here, he is disappointed to see that only 2 or 3 men of the village attend the mosque. I have also noticed that the men who are to be seen in the village teahouses from dawn till late at night, are not fasting. They are continuing to drink tea and smoke cigarettes throughout Ramazan. In my experience this is unusual in a village community, where you generally find the people are strict muslims.
The women of the village however are the complete opposite. I see my two immediate neighbours (both widows) praying every day, and they strictly adhere to the fasting rule during Ramazan.
The other thing I mentioned in my post last year was the impending visit by my in-laws..something I was dreading, and which turned out to be a very unpleasant experience.
They are due to visit again at the end of Ramazan this year...but a year has made a big difference in terms of my relationship with my father-in-law. Since his last visit this year, when I had a long talk with him and we made our peace, we have communicated occasionally by email. Nothing very much other than my updating him on the state of the garden...just a few words now and again.
But it's enough to prevent me from dreading their visit, and to actually look forward to them being here.