When you plan to visit a new country, it is smart to research a bit in advance. By doing so you can be prepared about the cultures and traditions of the country. You will also not end up hurting the sentiments of the local people.
Turkey is one of the most visited countries in the world. The people are friendly, the cultures amazing and the locales are beautiful. However, if you are planning to visit, it would do good to know about some of their customs. One of such things is the religious ceremonies of Turkey.
The Islamic Religious Feasts and Holidays in Turkey
Two of the biggest festivals celebrated in Turkey are Ramadan and Kurban Bayrami. There are other small festivals too that are equally interesting and fun. But these two are the most important and hence you should know about them.
Ramadan is the time when the Muslim population of Turkey fasts during the day. Although most restaurants and cafes are open to serve tourists and non-Muslims, it is polite to not eat in public. Turkish people are extremely welcoming of guests and returning the respect is should be the responsibility of the tourists. You can participate in the evening breaking of fast known as Iftar and have fun eating away on sumptuous local delicacies.
Kurban Bayrami sees the country celebrating a four to five-day-long public holiday when many go for pilgrimage to Mecca. If you plan to travel during this time know that domestic and international travel is at a peak in Turkey. Businesses remain closed too, so make sure you have enough money and other necessary items with you. If you are prepared, you can witness a unique religious tradition during this time, sacrificing of food animals.
Visit Turkey for a Memorable Experience
If cultural and religious traditions fascinate you, the time of these festivities are great for visiting Turkey. You can join in the celebrations, experience unique customs and have the experience of a lifetime. Just plan ahead so that you are prepared for everything and you will have a grand time visiting Turkey.