Şeker Bayramı

 

Şeker Bayramı (Candy Holiday) is known by different names. There are two terms in Turkish for this holiday. Ramazan Bayramı (Ramadan Feast) takes its name from the Ramadan. Şeker Bayramı (Sugar Feast) comes by courtesy of the special and mostly sweet food served to visitors.

Şeker Bayramı (sheh-KEHR bah-yee-rah-muh) in many other muslim countries it is called  Eid es-Seghir or Eid ul-Fitr, Eid ul-Fitr is the Arabic name of this religious holiday. Eid meaning “festivity” and Fitr meaning “original nature.”

Bayram is the term used in Turkish for holidays celebrated nation-wide, both official and religious. 

Şeker Bayramı is a holiday celebrated by Muslims after the holy month of Ramadan (Turkish 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 close after lunch for "preparation" (arife, ah-ree-FEH). It starts at sunset on the last day of  Ramadan and this year it is Wednesday, 7th of August and lasts until sunset on the third day Saturday, 10th of August.

 

Ramazan Bayramı is a time of family gatherings, paying visits to relatives and friends, sending greeting cards and eating a loooot of sweets as the name of the holiday suggests

During this three day celebration the life in Turkey is changing.People prepare their houses, they go shopping for candies and chocolate, they prepare traditional pastries like baklava  

Then, as a prophetic tradition, the obligatory charity (Sadaqat-ul-fitr), is paid to the poor and the needy. Afterwards, the men perform the Bayram (Eid) prayer in their neighborhood mosques. The rest of the three days people visit relatives and friends, and may also go to the graveyards to pay their respect to the deceased.

During Şeker Bayramı it is important to honor the elderly; therefore mostly the younger generation visit the older ones. Kissing the right hand of the elderly and placing it on the forehead is a custom to show respect and greet them for the bayram. People greet each other by saying Bayramınız Kutlu/Mübarek Olsun, meaning “May Your Feast Be Blessed”.

Durıng Şeker Bayramı you can see children going around in their neighborhood, from door to door and wishing people a happy bayram. As a reward, they receive candies, chocolates, or even a small amount of money:)

 
  

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