Some 50 residents of the Bosnian village of Lukomir live their lives and celebrate their holidays far above the turmoil of the modern world, protected by the remoteness of their home atop the Bjelasnica mountain.
The aging villagers cherish their physically demanding but placid lifestyle at 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) above sea level. Their regret is that their youth are leaving to embrace the pleasures of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, set in the foothills of “their” mountain.
The Muslim residents of Lukomir live in shingle-roofed stone houses, some of them built nearly 200 years ago. The tend to their cattle and grow their own food.
In the evening before the Eid al-Adha holiday, Lukomir villagers clean their small mosque together to prepare for a joint prayer the next morning. On the holiday they share a big lunch, after helping each other slaughter the sacrificial sheep.
Eid al-Adha celebrates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahiam — Abraham to Jews and Christians — to sacrifice his son.
Text from the AP news story, AP PHOTOS: Bosnian Muslim villagers mark Eid atop a mountain, removed from the modern world.
Spotlight is the blog of AP Images, the world’s largest collection of historical and contemporary photos. AP Images provides instant access to AP’s iconic photos and adds new content every minute of every day from every corner of the world, making it an essential source of photos and graphics for professional image buyers and commercial customers. Whether your needs are for editorial, commercial, or personal use, AP Images has the content and the expert sales team to fulfill your image requirements. Visit apimages.com to learn more.
Written content on this site is not created by the editorial department of AP, unless otherwise noted.