Ramadan drummer attacked with knife in Istanbul
Every year, during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, thousands of drummers take to the streets of Turkey in the dark of night.
Dressed in Ottoman-era attire, the drummers wander the streets to wake up residents for sahur, the last meal before a day of fasting that begins before sunrise.
But the age-old tradition of beating Ramadan drums in the wee hours of the morning to wake residents may seem unusual for some.
The drummer went to a police station and filed a complaint after the incident.
“If the knife didn’t touch the drum, it could come to my heart,” said Fikret Garipler, the drummer.
A footage showing the attack also prompted the authorities to detain the suspect.
In Turkey, people who wake up hearing the drums often tip these drummers as a part of a tradition.
More than 3,000 drummers are working in Istanbul’s streets during this Ramadan, according to unofficial figures.