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Ramadan Festival in Turkey

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Turkey's Sugar Feast

Ramadan Feast (Sugar Feast) is an official holiday that continues for three days in Turkey. Celebrating the Ramadan Feast after a month of fasting is one of the earliest and most important traditions of Islam.

Ramadan Festival

Sugar Feast is the other name of Ramadan Festival in Turkey, also an official holiday for three days. Administration buildings, schools and most businesses are closed during this period.

Ramadan Festival is a time for visiting relatives and paying one's respect to older people. Turkish people give away sweets, coffee and desserts during the festival, children watch free Turkish shadow plays such as Karagoz and Hacivat.

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.

Background of the Feast

Ramadan Feast comes after one month of fasting, is the first day of Shawwal, which is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. Each month in the Islamic calendar begins with the first sighting of the new moon. As a result, the exact dates of the Ramadan Feast change every year.

During the Ramadan Festival in Turkey, people come together, celebrate and entertain each other. In cities and villages, children and young people in particular meet each other at festival places and have fun.

The symbols of the Ramadan Festival (Sugar Feast);

  • A new moon
  • Sweets and traditional desserts
  • Delicious traditional foods
  • A cup of Turkish tea or coffee
  • Best wishes and blessings
  • Visiting relatives and neighbours
  • Karagoz and Hacivat shadow plays

Ramadan Festival in Turkey

Ramadan Festival, Istanbul