Eid al-Adha in Turkey
Turkey is a Muslim country full of flourishing history, where the Ottomans built and preserved it. The residents if Turkey respect and adhere to customs and traditions. They give a great attention to events. Eids are one of the most beautiful traditions of the Turkish people and characterized by nature Islamic, such as enhancing the social links between people, and provide support to poor people.
Eid al-Adha for Turks
Eid al-Adha is one of the most important occasions for the Turkish People. Eid al-Adha falls on the tenth day of the month of Dhul-Hijjah where The pilgrimage and the pilgrims standing on Mount Arafat. This holiday is a memory of the story of Ibrahim (peace be upon him) when he wanted to sacrifice his son Ismail for the sake of Allah, so this was called Eid al-Adha, where Muslims are approaching God on this day sacrifice one of the cattle (Sheep, cow, or camel). Customs and festivals in Turkey vary in different regions. But the most important thing is that Turks are keen on, among the customs and traditions, to spend the days of Eid among the parents, live in the atmosphere of joy that prevails throughout the country.
How do Turks start preparing for Eid al-Adha?
Although there are some differences regarding the activities of Eid reception between Turkey and other countries countries, there are many similar things, and the Turks eagerly prepare to welcome Eid al-Adha and do celebrations. Their preparations come as follows:
- They carry out cleaning for houses including all its Belongings and parts.
- Suspension of adornment lights to express the joy and pleasure of Eid.
- Buy new clothes to receive Eid.
- Buy the sacrifice at least a month before, so that it is well taken care of. One day before Eid, The families prepare henna for each family to
sacrifice their sacrifice. This has been taken from the story of the Prophet Ibrahim, who almost sacrificed his son Ismail when God sent an angel to offer him God Almighty.
- Turks begin to visit the graves of their families in the afternoon. They do prayers for the day of Arafa, and continue visits. Before noon on the day of Eid.
How Turks receive the days of Eid al-Adha?
Eid prayers :
Mosques begin to recite Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar, thank God very much, sincerity and promise, He defeated the parties alone, there is no god but Allah. After that all begin to equip themselves and wear New clothes and add the most beautiful fragrances that indicate the joy of the holiday. Then they go to Eid prayers in the mosques. The mosques of Istanbul and especially the historical ones like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Sulaymaniyah are the most crowded. After the completion of the Eid prayer, people sit some to listen to the sermon, and after the end of the sermon Eid worshipers stand in a row during the greeting, the hands are accepted as an expression of respect and appreciation “Let your Eid Mubarak” is a sentence used by worshipers to bless each other with the coming Eid. Sound Zooms in the city are heard. The Turks distribute sweets and candy to children and take pictures.
After returning from Eid prayer:
The process of sacrificing begins, and the state allocates certain places for slaughter and collects the remains dispose and clean those places. After a few hours of slaughter, the head of the family distribute his sacrifice to the poor and needy, which reflects solidarity and mercy. The smell of meat from the houses that mark the feast, is considered a dish ‘Saj kawarma. It is a meat cut cooked with ghee and fat of the most famous Turkish cuisine. At the reception of Eid al-Adha, this along with desserts and baklava served with a cup of turkish tea.
Family visits are one of the main customs of Turks on holidays, which they share with Arab peoples, where visits by relatives and neighbors begin after noon (Dhuhr) prayers.
Where the Turks go on Eid al-Adha:
Turkey is a beautiful country, and there are so many places that people can visit on Eid. Turkish people are happy to go out to the parks for a more enjoyable stay times on Eid days. For children, they go in accompanied by friends to watch well-known Turkish games such as Hakifat and Karajuz free of charge at no charge. Others find the opportunity to do domestic tourism among the most beautiful cities such as Bursa, Istanbul, Cappadocia ,Antalya, Mersin, Izmir, especially that this year’s Eid al-Adha coincides with the summer holiday, some Turkish families also go to Turkish resorts during the Eid al-Adha holiday known as: Uzungol, Ayder, Lara Beach, Neighbor Resort, Nirmal Resort, Falls the hill puppet is characterized by its breathtaking beauty, which is crowded by Arab and foreign tourists during this time .
Tourism in Turkey during the Eid Al-Adha holiday:
Turkey is one of the most beautiful tourist areas around the world. It is full of tourist attractions, historical, religious and recreational places and its distinctive strategic position for combining European character and the oriental nature. This is why it is considered the first destination for tourists wishing to spend the holiday to experience new and multiple tourism experiences outside their countries, where tourists enjoy visiting Turkey on Eid al-Adha for many interesting festivities characterized by a wonderful atmosphere.
Istiklal Street in Istanbul :
There is nothing more wonderful than spending time during Eid al-Adha on the famous Istiklal Street Istanbul, where it is adorned with Eid Al Adha decorations and exciting lights. The street is painted and illuminated in a fantasy image at night, and it is advisable to visit it for the sunset hours when charming lights are lit and you hear music from all restaurants and cafes celebrations begin.
Special Eastern sweets can be eaten at Eid al-Adha on this street for while enjoying the music of musicians who play Turkish music on the street and enjoy the atmosphere of celebrations.
Watches in Izmir :
Being the most important tourist and historical landmark in the city of Izmir, this central square is located in the center of the Ottoman Coliseum. It is a unique experience on Eid Al-Adha days where locals and tourists gather in the evening hours in this square enjoy the exhilarating atmosphere with the beautiful lighting trees. The oriental desserts of the festival offered for sale around the square, this is the perfect location to meet Muslims celebrating at the feast in Izmir.
Aspendos Ballet and Opera Festival :
It is an old and picturesque Roman archaeological site, one hour from Antalya in the middle of nature, the site consists of a large Roman amphitheater preserved in an excellent shape through the ages. It is held during all nights of Eid al-Adha. The theater performances are very interesting. It is allowing tourists to participate in the Aspendos Festival, opera singing and watching a nice level performances.
Hotel booking in Antalya is usually all inclusive and programmed to provide complete comfort for families and couples, this festival is an irreplaceable opportunity to make a vacation during Eid in Antalya to a complete tourism and entertainment experience.