Ramadan, called Ramazan in the Turkish language, is the holiest month in Islamic belief which marks the time when the archangel Jibril first appeared before Prophet Mohammed to cite the holy Quran. For Muslims, Ramadan is about fasting from the sunrise to sunset every day for 30 days, focusing on charity work, having a reflection on personal lives, and praying for a better world for friends, relatives, and everyone in the world. Ramadan in Turkey is revered in every part of the country and has its own traditions.
Ramadan starts the 24th of April and ends the 23rd of May in 2020 in Turkey. The holy month always starts 10 or 11 days earlier than the previous one and this means Ramadan sometimes lived in the coldest days, or the heights of summer. Almost in every part of Turkey, everyday life goes the same during Ramadan. People do what they normally do and participate in social gatherings and go to their jobs. Almost all restaurants, cafés, and shops stay open during Ramadan, even until later during it since Turkish people love to walk around after “İftar”. Drinking alcohol is allowed in every part of the country but most Turkish people refrain themselves during the month.
It is perfectly fine to visit Turkey during Ramadan and you will not have any sort of inconvenience but it is recommended for you to be a little bit more patient to people in Turkey since they might be fasting. If you are in Turkey during Ramadan, you will most likely be invited for a friends’ house for a lovely iftar and experience the delicious Turkish cuisine first hand.
Traditional Iftar Gatherings
In every part of Turkey, people gather in large tents or open-air to have iftar feasts on every sunset during Ramadan. These tents are usually set up by the municipality or towns’ rich people to feed the people.
Cannon Shots at Sunset
This might be the scariest part of the Ramadan in Turkey because even if you know beforehand; you will most likely jump-scare from your chair. Turkish people love to give good news in a high-pitched fashion, the iftar is here, and now we can eat.
Ramadan drummers wake people for “sahur”, the meal before the sunrise, in almost every part of t he country as a long-standing tradition. These drummers usually sing centuries-old poems and songs accompanied by the rhythmic hits to the drum.