Turkish people and most Muslims around the world are today celebrating the Ramadan feast after a month of fasting.
The religious feasts are determined by the lunar calendar and although the calendar has 12 months, it drifts each solar year by 11 to 12 days.
Thus, local authorities need to determine the celebration day every year and sight a new moon to announce the feast.
The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs decided to observe the Ramadan feast on Monday 28th July.
Turkish President Eid message
Turkish President Abdullah Gül and PM Erdoğan issued their messages for Eid al-Fitr, in which both leaders spoke of peace for the Islamic world.
"Our mighty nation wants tranquility, peace, justice and democracy in its region just as it wishes for these for our country. Throughout Ramadan, we enjoyed the peace, cohesion and abundance of breathing in the same spiritual atmosphere as one, brotherly nation," Erdoğan said in his message celebrating Eid al-Fitr.
Erdoğan called on those with resentments to end them with the arrival of Eid, to drive safely, avoid fatigue and drunk driving and to continue to take care of the less-fortunate and to rejoice Eid.
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