Discover Turkey, home of religious festivals
Turkey enthusiastically celebrates two important religious festivals evey year. Ramadan Festival and the Feastival of Sacrifice are two of the oldest Islamic festivals in Turkey.
Ramadan Festival is a time for visiting relatives and paying one's respect to older people. People give away sweets, coffee and desserts during the festival, children watch free Turkish shadow plays.
The main characteristics of Ramadan Festival are that people, neighbours, relatives and friends pay visits and go to see each other. Young people kiss their parents' hands and receive best wishes and blessings from them. It is a tradition to give money or little gifts to those childreen who kiss one's hands.
The symbols of the Ramadan Festival;
Feastival of Sacrifice is a four day religious festival. Traditions include sacrificing an animal in a special ritual, visiting relatives and helping the poor.
Traditionally, on the first day of the Feastival of Sacrifice, men of each family go to a mosque for a special morning prayer. Then the sacrifice ritual begins. Families share about two thirds of the animal's meat with relatives and neighbors, and they traditionally give about one third to the poor.
The symbols of the Festival of Sacrifice;
Ramadan Festival, Istanbul
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