Kurban Bayramı (Feast of the Sacrifice)

The festival is held in commemoration of the religious event when Prophet Ibrahim agreed to sacrifice his son for Allah.

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The Sacrifice Feast is one of the oldest Islamic holidays in Turkey. It commemorates the story about Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) who showed obedience to God by agreeing to sacrifice his son. Seeing that devotion Allah showed compassion and took a ram instead of the boy. Today, Turks make similar sacrifices by slaughtering sheep and cows and donating the meat to the poor and needy. The Feast of Sacrifice is celebrated nationwide annually on the 70th day after the end of Ramadan. Similarly, the dates are different every year. Like during the holy month, this is the time to visit older relatives. There’s a nice tradition that obliges the younger to kiss the hands of the older as a token of respect. Unlike Ramadan that is mostly famous for sweet desserts, Kurban Bayramı is all about meat. Turkish Muslims feast on fried meat, meat stews, vine leaves stuffed with meat, meat pastries and things alike.