Istanbul During Ramadan

The month of Ramadan may be good for visit Istanbul as it is the month of abundance and mercy.

Updated Date : 17.01.2023

Istanbul During Ramadan

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic world. During Ramadan, people support each other, and visit their friends and relatives. During the month of Ramadan, people are ordered to fast. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. Fasting also teaches people to dust off self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy. The main reasons for this are to understand the plight of the poor and to advocate for being healthier. Thus, fasting affects people's daily life.

Ramadan across Turkey is greeted with great enthusiasm and joy. People get up for sahur (a meal before dawn during Ramadan) and have breakfast before the sun comes out in the morning. Noon hours are quiet, but everyone gets together at iftar (evening meal during Ramazan). Only 30 days a year this routine continues. Hakkari city is the first fasting in Turkey. Regarding the sunset fasting starting from the middle of Turkey to Western Turkey. During Ramadan food tastes different, People cook with more care, even dishes that are not cooked throughout the year are cooked at that time. So if you visit Tukey during Ramadan, you will see many varieties of food. Another thing people you must do is taste pide (Turkish flatbread traditionally prepared during Ramadan) and gullac (a sweet made from sheets of gullac soaked in milky syrup, filled with nuts, and flavored with rose water). Pide and gullac are the symbols of the Ramadan period in Turkey.

 

Ramadan in Istanbul

If you are thinking of traveling to Istanbul during Ramadan, then this is the right time to visit! The month of Ramadan may be good for you as it is the month of abundance and mercy. Even if you are non-Muslim, you can attend iftar and you can explore more about the Ramadan period. By participating in iftar with local people, you will see the hospitality of the people in Turkey. You can catch an unforgettable atmosphere during Ramadan. Don't be afraid if you hear drums on every street in Istanbul before sunrise. This means they’re calling you for the sahur. It would be an exciting experience. Some people even tip the drummers out the window.

It may not be ethical to smoke or eat outside during Ramadan. Also, during Ramadan, restaurants and alcoholic places will be less busy. Especially at noon, restaurants do not have many customers due to people fasting. On the other hand, some non-alcoholic restaurants run out of space at iftar. During Ramadan, some families make reservations at special restaurants for fasting. We can highly recommend to you try it during Ramadan. During Ramadan mosques in Istanbul may become more crowded. Visiting the mosques during Ramadan would gain you a cultural experience.

The last 3 days of Ramadan in Turkey it is called “Seker Bayrami” which means Candy Feast. On these days it would be hard to find taxis, and transportation can be busy than usual. On Candy Feast, people visit their relatives, and people celebrate with each other.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does Ramazan affect tourists in Turkey?

    There is no any restriction for tourists. It may not be ethical to smoke or eat outside during Ramadan. Also, during Ramadan, restaurants and alcoholic places will be less busy. Especially at noon, restaurants do not have many customers due to people fasting.

  • Are restaurants and cafes open during Ramadan?

    On the first day of the Ramadan holiday, some restaurants and cafes can be closed. Just because people visit their relatives and friends to feast together. In general, during the 30 days of Ramadan, restaurants and cafes are quieter at midday. However, it can be hard to find space. After iftar, local people, go to restaurants and cafes to spend time together.

  • What happens during Ramadan in Istanbul?

    During Ramadan, people support each other and visit their friends and relatives. During the month of Ramadan, people are ordered to fast. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. Fasting also teaches people to dust off self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy. The main reasons for this are to understand the plight of the poor and to advocate for being healthier.

  • Are museums open during Ramadan in Istanbul?

    End of month Ramadan there is official holidays takes 3 days in Turkey. Public and administration buildings, schools, most business places are closed on that days. Generally, on the first holiday of Ramadan, some museums are closed for half day. Grand Bazaar is supposed to close during the Ramadan holiday.

  • Is it good to visit Istanbul during Ramadan?

    It is worth visiting Istanbul. You can witness Istanbul differently than ever before. You can catch a nice atmosphere and a festive mood in Istanbul during Ramadan. If you visit Istanbul during Ramadan, you can experience a culture shock and gain unforgettable memories.

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