Violence Can’t Stop Traditions in Baghdad - 03.12.2007

Despite the ongoing violence and approaching fourth anniversary of the war, traditions and holidays continue. This week, in a slight departure from our usual fare, Isam has interviewed one of the men who performs the drumming activities for these holidays.

Drumming is done throughout Ramadan to awaken the faithful before the morning prayer and fasting begins. They also practice the drumming especially for Eid and on Mawlid, which is the holiday marking the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.

As the new security plan further divides and carves up the places one can travel safely, it is important for Iraqis to continue their traditions, however they can.

For more information about the recently passed Mawlid holiday, check wikipedia here.

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