the three-day holiday that follows
the end of the holy month of Ramazan.
are the dates.)
Called Eid es-Seghir in
many other Muslim countries, Ramazan
Bayramı (sometimes called Şeker
bah-yee-rah-muh, "Candy Holiday"])
starts at sunset on the last day of Ramazan,
and celebrates the
completion of the holy month of fasting.
In Turkey, it is an official
On the last day of Ramazan, most offices
and businesses close after lunch for
"preparation" (arife, ah-ree-FEH).
The three-day holiday itself begins
at sunset on that day, and lasts until
sunset on the third day. So if the last
day of Ramazan is Monday, the holiday
begins Monday sunset and lasts until
close for the half day of arife
and for the three days of holiday.
archeological sites and similar
visitor sights close for the first
full day of the holiday,
but are usually open on the second
and third days, and
may be particularly busy with visitors. Special
lower holiday admission fees may apply.
be on holiday (Sunday) schedules,
at least for the first day of the
services may be particularly busy as
people travel for vacation, so reserve
your seats in advance.
the last day of Ramazan
Bayramı, transport may be busy
as holiday travelers return home.
In Turkey, Ramazan Bayramı is
a time for sending greeting cards to
and loved ones, paying visits, and
enjoying a lot of sweets. Everyone
enjoys drinking lots of Turkish
tea and coffee in
broad daylight after the 30 days of
daylight fasting during Ramazan.