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Sacrifice Feast in Turkey

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Turkey's Sacrifice Feast

Festival of Sacrifice is an official four day religious festival, which has the traditions include sacrificing an animal in a special ritual, visiting relatives and helping the poor. The feast is one of the oldest Islamic holidays in Turkey.

Festival of Sacrifice

Sacrifice Feast is a four day religious festival in Turkey. Administration buildings, schools and most businesses are closed during this period.

Traditions include sacrificing an animal in a special ritual, visiting relatives and helping the poor.

Traditionally, on the first day of the Festival 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. During the Feast of Sacrifice, not only candies but also the meat of sacrificial animal are served to guests.


Background of the Feast

Sacrifice Feast takes place in the four days following the 10th day of the Islamic month of pilgrimage. The exact dates are determined using the Islamic calendar, whose months begin with the first sighting of a new moon.

The Islamic calendar begins its count from 622 CE, the year in which Prophet Muhammed moved from Mecca to Medina. This calendar has been in use since about 640 CE.

The symbols of the Festival of Sacrifice;

  • Sacrificial sheeps
  • Morning prayer in the mosque
  • Delicious traditional foods
  • A cup of Turkish tea or coffee
  • Best wishes and blessings
  • Visiting relatives and neighbours


Sacrifice Feast in Turkey

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