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Sugar Feast (Ramazan Bayramı) 2019

The abundance of Turkish sweets, illuminated mosques, and traditional puppet plays highlight the end of Ramadan

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The 30 days of fasting and prayer culminate in Şeker Bayramı, which means "Sugar Feast." Turks dressed in their newest clothes with new haircuts and pure souls, minds, and stomachs reunite with their families and friends to feast on sweets and other festive delicacies. All local establishments close for the holiday, except mosques, of course, which are even more beautiful during these 3 festive days, owing to their illumination. Besides the abundance of Turkish delight, baklava, and other traditional dainties, Ramazan Bayramı offers another seasonal delight—traditional shadow plays featuring the famous puppets Turks Karagöz and Hacivat.

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