The Sacrifice Feast in Turkey is a four-day religious festival. The Sacrifice Feast traditions in Turkey include sacrificing an animal in a special ritual, visiting relatives and helping the poor.
Is Sacrifice Feast a Public Holiday?
Sacrifice Feast is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
What are people doing?
The feast of sacrifice is one of the oldest Islamic festivals in Turkey. It commemorates the story about the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham), who agreed to sacrifice his son, thereby showing obedience to God. Then, God sent him a ram to sacrifice. The sacrifice festival is held about 70 days after Ramadan.
Traditionally, on the first day of the sacrifice feast in Turkey, everyone in the family went to the mosque for a special morning prayer. Then the sacrificial ceremony began. In some areas of Turkey, red animals are painted on sacrificial animals and decorated with ribbons. The butcher read the prayer before slaughtering the animal. The family shares about two-thirds of the animal’s meat with relatives and neighbors, and traditionally they provide one-third of the food to the poor.
In recent years, some Turks have begun to donate to charitable organizations instead of sacrificing animals. Many people in Turkey take special care of the poor during the sacrifice festival.
People usually wear the best clothes at the expense of the feast. They welcome guests home or visit relatives or friends during the holidays. In Turkey, in order to show respect, many people visit relatives on the first day of the banquet. Some people in Turkey may take a four-day holiday to go on vacation.
The feast of sacrifice is Turkey’s official four-day holiday. Administrative buildings, schools, banks and post offices are usually closed during this period. The supermarket is still open, but may be opened according to a special holiday schedule.
During the sacrifice festival, the frequency of public transportation may decrease, and the fare is usually lower than on weekdays. Holiday travel may cause highway congestion. Since the beginning of the sacrifice feast coincides with the end of the pilgrimage Mecca pilgrimage j, during this period, both domestic and international travel in Turkey may be very nervous.