If you are looking to purchase a property in Turkey and move here full time or use it as a holiday home then you might want to know a little more about the traditions and values during the Holy Month of Ramadan which starts on the 1st April and ends on the 1st May.
Ramadan is a highly respected and revered time of the year, and is also one of the Five Pillars of Islam. For those who wish to take part in the daylong fasting, it’s a way of not only experiencing what life is truly like for those who are less fortunate than others, but it’s also a means for much prayer, reflection, family time and a sense of community.
For many expats who have chosen to make Turkey their home, and for the many foreigners who visit Turkey during the month of Ramadan, they are warmly welcomed to take part in the fasting, and encouraged to respect some of the most important values that are upheld over the 30 days, such as Charity, Lending A Hand, Hospitality, Family and Gratitude.
For the people of Turkey, sharing and giving to Charity is an important of life, especially during the month of Ramadan. Food is shared equally and a portion of wealth is given anonymously as a sign of sincerity, such as paying for an additional meal or loaf of bread which someone in need can claim when they need it. Many people will also come together during this month and ‘lend a hand’ where possible, building homes & gardens, preparing feasts and organizing ceremonies.
Turks will also continue to be extremely warm and friendly, opening their doors to anyone, including those that have taken the time to visit such as tourists, and there’s always a cup of tea or traditional coffee waiting for you (after the hours of daytime of course). At meal times, as long as they respect the traditions, anyone is welcome to join the feast!
Ramadan also binds families together and strengthens the bond between Parents and their children where elders are treated with manners and kindness and their grandchildren will kiss hands before placing them on their forehead as a mark of respect. Reflecting and appreciating what you have also brings much gratitude, thanking those around you and Allah for what you have received, so you’ll hear "ma?allah," “Allah’a ?ükür” and "in?allah" repeated quite often.
Remember, it’s all about love and life, and savouring every moment.