The Islamic holy
month of Ramadan (called
a special time. The holy month, and
the 3-day holiday that follows it,
holiday, Ramazan begins
11 days earlier each succeeding year.
are the estimated Ramazan
the next few years.
The Night of Power
The 27th of Ramazan, Kadir Gecesi (Lailat
al Kadr), the Night of Power, commemorates,
among other things, the revelation of the Qur'an to
the Prophet Muhammed.
Turkey it's celebrated on these dates,
beginning—as the traditional Islamic day does—at sunset in the evening and
lasting until the following evening:
2015: 12/13 July (Sunday/Monday)
23-24 June (Wednesday/Thursday)
followed immediately by the three-day
national holiday of Ramazan
Bayramı (also called Şeker
Festival; Eid es-Seghir or Eid
Arabic) which falls on these (estimated)
2015: Half-day "preparation" (arife) holiday
on Thursday, 16 July,
full-day holidays on 17, 18 & 19 July (Friday-Saturday-Sunday).
2016: Half-day "preparation" (arife) holiday
on Monday, 6 June,
full-day holidays on 6, 7 & 8 July (Wednesday-Thursday-Friday), with travel affected through the weekend.
—by Tom Brosnahan