The two are inseparable, working the summer pastures together as shepherds.
“Luckily, in the whole country, the relations between religions, between Muslims and Christians are fairly peaceful and people understand and respect each others’ faith,” said Mr. Karaj. “I have married my two daughters to Muslims. It doesn’t bother us.”
Mr. Hoxhollari added, “In the olden days, we only used to marry among our own kind: They didn’t get our women, and they didn’t give us theirs. Never!
“But for the last 20 years, we’ve had good relations. We slaughter our animals for our feasts. We come together and celebrate as a family. This is also a kind of liberation.”
In communist times, even the bell was misused, ringing early in the morning as a collective wake-up call to summon villagers to work.
On Sunday, it will ring to bring villagers together to celebrate the rebirth of Christ.
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