It's nearly the end of Ramadan, which means it's almost time for the three day festival known as the 'Sugar Feast' (Şeker Bayramı or Eid ul-Fitr- the breaking of the fast)
All muslims will celebrate the end of the thirty days of fasting (Ramadan) and this year it will fall on; 28th, 29th and 30th July.
The two terms used for this holiday are; 'Ramazan Bayramı' (Ramadan Feast) and 'Şeker Bayramı' (Sugar Feast)
During the three days of celebrations, schools, government offices, banks and some private establishments will be closed for three and a half days starting from noon the eve (arife) (Arife is the day to get ready for the holiday)
People get prepared for the celebrations by cleaning their houses, shopping for chocolate and sweets, and purchasing new clothes. After all it is important to look your best and in your newly purchased clothes. (This attire is called bayramlık)
It is strictly forbidden to fast on the first day of the holiday, so a light breakfast is recommended as a sign of not fasting that day.
Muslims will perform the Bayram (Eid) prayer and the remaining three days is spent visiting relatives and friends.
During the Sugar Feast 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”.
During the Sugar Feast you may see children going around from door to door and wishing people a happy bayram. As a reward, they receive candies, chocolates, or even a small amount of money. It makes the streets even busier with cheerful gangs of kids running around, counting their revenues.
The first day of the Sugar Feast museums, archaeological sites and monuments are closed, yet they are usually open on the second and third day. However, they may be busier than any regular day thanks to the special lower holiday admission fees for locals.
As for shopping, most shops and shopping malls are open during the holiday, just like any other day.
Government offices and banks close for the duration of the holiday.
Banks and other official offices will be closed during:-
• CLOSED - Monday 28th July
• CLOSED - Tuesday 29th July
• CLOSED - Wednesday 30th July
• Thursay 31st July - Back to normal
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