Spiritual time of the year: Ramadan

Events, What's New — By Aysegul Surenkok on August 11, 2010 at 4:41 am

For those of you visiting Istanbul or any part of Turkey around this time of the year, you should be aware that we are starting to celebrate Ramadan. Ramadan is the time of the year in which we present our thanks for our fortunes -even if that it is simply beingĀ  alive- in a different way. People fast to really seize the importance of being able to eat when they want to eat. It is another way for trying to fit into the shoes of different cultures and citizens -especially those that are more stricken than us. It is also a way in which we thank for having resources. In that respect you could even say that it is a way in which some of us may comprehend better what global warming might be all about. This explanation however is never enough. Every one has a different perception and a different takeaway from their Ramadan experience.

So, the people of the city will be fasting for the next 30 days. They will not be eating anything during the day (between sunset and sundown), not drinking alcohol and not smoking for the entire period. Whilst this is the ideal perception of Ramadan, not everyone follows its rules entirely. Many Muslim and Turkish people do not fast during this period given their workloads, responsibilities and in some cases their different beliefs. Besides the minority groups living in the city are not going to be fasting either; therefore services at bars, restaurants and clubs will not change. There just might be less people…

Ramadan does not happen in the same month each year. It actually moves by 10 or 15 days each year. So, next year Ramadan might be expected to start towards the end of July and beg of August. Similarly, couple years ago we celebrated Ramadan in November!

I will write more about Ramadan in the upcoming days… I will also disclose to you perfect “iftar” restaurants -places where people end their fasting for the day so that you may become part of the culture if you wanted to.

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Tags: Fasting, Ramadan


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