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Two weeks ago we started season of Ramadan (in Turkish "Ramazan "), a month that is very important for Muslims. I was in Florida for the first weeks of Ramadan, but  I am now in Turkey for the remaining time. I am so excited about it! There is something very special about observing in Turkey. the meals before dawn ( sahur ) and the meals after sunset  ( iftar ) are so animated and meaningful.

For the "iftar" time is typical to eat in the home of friends, family or to invite them  into your home. Everyone gathers together and waits for the sound of the call to prayer. When the sound of the call to prayer is heard, along with the noise of the " Ramazan topu " ( like a small firecracker ), there is a time of prayer and the fast is broken. Mothers make a wide variety of delicious dishes and everyone enjoys tasting them. I will try to show you some photos and recipes from meal times later.

The Meaning and Importance of Ramadan

During the course of Ramadan we start the day with morning prayers and then continue with fasting until the evening call to prayer at sunset. During the entire daylight hours no food or drink is consumed. We worship in order to draw closer to God. Fasting is not only going hungry, but it is intended to develop discipline in our bodily appetites. It also helps us to better understand the millions of people in this world who regularly go hungry. In addition it reminds us to be thankful for all that we do have. Ramadan is also special time for helping poor and needy. After this one month of fasting, we celebrate three days of "Bayram" or holidays. I will explain more about these celebrations in my next post.


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