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Celebrating Eid The Turkish Way

In Turkey, desserts symbolise happiness and goodwill. It represents sharing, having a good conversation and no special occasion is complete without a traditional dessert or a small piece of lokum. Turks also have a saying which goes ” Let’s eat sweet and talk sweet.” However, after Ramadan, these desserts and candies hold a very important place because this 3 day period is called the Sugar Eid. During Eid after Ramadan by offering sweets and dessert to friends family and neighbours is a symbol of hospitality. Eid ul-Fitr is the Arabic name of this religious holiday. Eid meaning “festivity” and Fitr meaning “original nature.”

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Many people spend the Ramadan Feast Eve preparing traditional desserts, such as baklava, halva, kalburabasti for the big feast to come. Some Turkish people shop for new clothes on the day before Eid. It is a tradition to get children new and smart clothing, which they then wear during the holiday.

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It’s not just about eating sweets or doing shopping all day long either. It is paying respect to the elders and making the children happy as well. Kissing the right hand of the elders and placing it on the forehead is a custom to show respect and greet them for the Bayram. The fist thing said during these visits is Bayramınız Kutlu/Mübarek Olsun, meaning “May Your Feast Be Blessed”.

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The Ramadan Feast is the first day of Shawwal which is the 10th month of the lunar Islamic calendar. Because it is calculated by the lunar calendar, the day of first Ramadan Feast changes every year. Celebrating Eid and having a feast after Ramadan after a month of fasting is one of the earliest and most important traditions of Islam.