Called Eid es-Seghir in many other Muslim countries, Ramazan Bayramı (sometimes called Şeker Bayramı[sheh-KEHR bah-yee-rah-muh, “Candy Holiday”]) starts at sunset on the last day of Ramazan, and celebrates the completion of the holy month of fasting.
In Turkey, it is an official national holiday. On the last day of Ramazan, most offices and businesses close after lunch for “preparation” (arife, ah-ree-FEH). The three-day holiday itself begins at sunset on that day, and lasts until sunset on the third day. So if the last day of Ramazan is Monday, the holiday begins Monday sunset and lasts until Thursday sunset.
Offices close for the half day of arife and for the three days of holiday.
Museums, archeological sites and similar visitor sights close for the first full day of the holiday, but are usually open on the second and third days, and may be particularly busy with visitors. Special lower holiday admission fees may apply.
Transport may be on holiday (Sunday) schedules, at least for the first day of the holiday. Transport services may be particularly busy as people travel for vacation, so reserve your seats in advance.
On the last day of Ramazan Bayramı, transport may be busy as holiday travelers return home.
In Turkey, Ramazan Bayramı is a time for sending greeting cards to friends and loved ones, paying visits, and enjoying a lot of sweets. Everyone enjoys drinking lots of Turkish tea and coffee in broad daylight after the 30 days of daylight fasting during Ramazan.
|Ramazan in Turkey|