Fendouglas

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The Holy Month of Ramazan
Observing Ramazan, the holy month, is very important for Muslims worldwide as it is one of the five basic duties of the faith.It is a time of fasting, prayer and celebration.
It is also a time for contemplation when people examine their own lives, understand the gift of eating when they feel like it and remind themselves of virtues such as charity, compassion and forgiveness.

Nil by Mouth
During the period between sunrise and sunset nothing will pass the lips – no food, drink, smoke or chewing gum.
Observant fasters will also not swim or shower during the day time fast in case water passes the lips.
But, when the sun sets, the fast is broken and participants will celebrate with a feast known as the Iftar – ‘Break-fast’.
The date of Ramazan changes by 11 days each year (earlier) and this year it will begin on the night of August 20th and finish 30 days later.
At the end of Ramazan a three day holiday known as Seker Bayrami celebrates the end of the fast.

Ramazan Head
As the fast is now moving into the summer months it will bring with it additional pressures.
Imagine not drinking any water in this heat and you’ll soon understand the sacrifice people are putting themselves through.
Not only that but smokers will also be climbing the walls too without their fix of nicotine.
The Turks describe the side effects of fasting as Ramazan kafasi, or Ramazan Head in English, that distant, irritable, and some may say, spaced out feeling of going without.

Be Prepared
Fethiye, Marmaris and Bodrum are tourist areas so the locals make allowances for visitors.
In fact many tourists will probably be blissfully unaware of not only Ramazan but also that their waiters or other hotel staff are fasting.
You will see people (Tourists and some Turks) eating, drinking and smoking during the day, but it's good form to be considerate to those Turkish people who are fasting and do any consumption subtly.
This is particularly the case if you smoke - walking down the street puffing away isn't going to make you popular with those with a nicotine craving.
In more rural places, or traditional cities (like Konya) you need to be more vigilant.
Religious beliefs can be strong so don't let people see you eat/drink or smoke in public.
If you are travelling outside a tourist area you may find it difficult to find anywhere to eat during the day so take some food and drink with you.
A few things to watch out for:

Irritation
Some people fasting will be irritable especially in the first few days so be extra careful to be polite and respectful in your day to day dealings with people.

Crazy Driving
Around dusk the hungry faster will speed home for their Iftar meal.
Hungry, dying for a fag and with low blood sugar their driving will be even more erratic than normal.
So be careful crossing the road or driving around about this time.
In fact try to avoid going out at this time and wait half an hour after sunset and you’ll have everywhere to yourself.
Bang Bang - The Ramazan Drummer
This person stalks the streets in the early morning (from 2:30 am in some cases) beating his drum to awake the fasters for their breakfast.
He doesn't care if you aren't a faster so get some earplugs - or as one person did - pay him to go elsewhere!!

Special Foods
During the period of Ramazan, a special bread becomes available (called Pide) which is large and round and sprinkled with black cumin seeds. [These make great bases for French bread style pizza].
Supermarkets will also sell Ramazan hampers stocked with certain foods. These are given as gifts by employers to their staff.

Office Hours
Some business may have shorter opening hours during Ramazan so keep an eye out for signs advising of the times.

Restaurants
If you are travelling away from the popular resorts restaurants may only service one meal, the Iftar meal, at sunset and only with a reservation.
Those restaurants may also refuse to sell you alcohol.
If you don’t want to go hungry plan ahead.

Travel
Be aware that public transport will be full at the end of Ramazan for the three day Seker Bayrami festival.
If you must travel on these days make sure you book well in advance.
 

ceemac

Shake It Baby...
The Holy Month of Ramazan
Nice article Peter.

May I ask where you sourced that one please?


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This looks like lent with a twist.
 

Martyn

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Like this bit, thanks Alan.

Crazy Driving

Around dusk the hungry faster will speed home for their Iftar meal.

Hungry, dying for a fag and with low blood sugar their driving will be even more erratic than normal.

So be careful crossing the road or driving around about this time.

In fact try to avoid going out at this time and wait half an hour after sunset and you’ll have everywhere to yourself.
 

Sunny Seasider

Life is so precious
The Holy Month of Ramazan
When we came in October last year the Ramazan had just ended, all the stores were full of boxes of chocolates and the supermarket trolleys were loaded up, everywhere we went we were offered chocolates, and cleansing of our hands. It was a great time to be there and share in the celebrations with the locals, some of our Turkish friends adhere to the faith and some don't.
 
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I thought it was lovely too. Large floral displays in the doorways and people shopping for luxury food after a month of frugal eating practices, to cleanse the body and soul.

It reminded me of Easter Sunday when I was a child when people had new clothes and nice food to eat and easter eggs.

Ancient religious practices must have originated from the same place.

Its nice to find common ground in our religious and cultural differences, don't you think.

jolo
 

KKOB

Completely Chillaxed
The Holy Month of Ramazan
Funny though, how Migros say that their turn-over is always up by around 20% DURING Ramazan.

They might fast during the day, but several Turks that we know stuff themselves silly after sunset and before dawn.
 
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Don't they show amazing restrain during the day though
 
The Holy Month of Ramazan
Ramazan İftar meal is never frugal, even people with modest means will try to put on special meals during the fast.
Most restaurants will offer a special menu for İftar..these are great feasts and you can order the set menu if you wish.
As has been said i think there are too many similarities between Lent and Ramazan not to be ignored..they surely must have the same source, and the ideas behind them are to be found in most religions...ie resisting temptation and control of body and mind to create strength and purification of character.

the word for the fast is ORUÇ TUTMAK
you can ask someone if they are fasting..
Oruç tutuyor musunuz ?..are you fasting
 

geordie_nev

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I’m going to try this year; the only thing that worries me is not having any water. I think I’ll probably give in to the not any drinking water bit.

See how long I last.
 

SuperBogs

I miss you Pebble
The Holy Month of Ramazan
I understand why it's done but find it very dangerous to the health of those that participate.

Biker Bob
 

sunseeker

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The Holy Month of Ramazan
Maybe a daft question but what if you are a muslim and have the misfortune to be situated in northen lapland where the sun never sets this time of year during ramadan.
 
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