Sacrifice ceremony in Türkiye 2Sacrifice ceremony in Türkiye 2

The feast of sacrifice, known as Eid el-Adha or Eid el-Kebir in Arabic and Kurban Bayrami in Turkish, is one of the oldest Muslim holidays in the country straddling Eurasia.

Kurban Bayrami takes place after the last day of the holy month of Ramadan or can be counted from the 10th day of the month of Dhu al-Hija in the Islamic calendar.

The rams were symbols of sacrifice.

According to ancient beliefs, it is considered unlucky to get married or start a business during the time of the sacrifice.

The ram is the symbol of sacrifice, in addition, people also use goats, cows or camels that are at least 2 years old as sacrifices.

Nowadays, killing livestock in the garden is prohibited.

In recent years, Turks have begun to donate to charities instead of killing livestock.

Sacrifice is an occasion when people wear their best clothes.

Many Turks arrange to meet their closest relatives on the first day of the sacrificial festival.

On this occasion, state agencies, schools, banks, and post offices are often closed.

Sacrifice ceremony in Türkiye

The start date of the sacrifice also coincides with Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

Public transport is also less frequent and cheaper.

The sacrificial ceremony is an opportunity for the Turks to calm down a bit.

In 2015, Kurban Bayrami will start with arife (preparation day) on September 23 and the first day of the holiday according to the Islamic calendar is September 24, continuing continuously until September 27.

Sacrifice ceremony is an occasion when you should go to Turkey to experience the culture.

Cultural sites and attractions may be closed for half or all of the first day of the sacrifice.

Bring some cash in case the ATM is overloaded.

You may be invited to dine or participate in prayer sessions or simply sit and drink a cup of tea with the locals.

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