16 Nov 2009 quad   » (Journeyer)

Ramadan is the Muslim holy month. For an infidel, what’s...



Ramadan is the Muslim holy month.

For an infidel, what’s most noticeable is that the day-lit streets are suddenly empty. The next thirty days (or so) are marked by prayers and fasting. In a country like Turkey, with an Islamic religious majority, many restaurants choose to close rather than remain open and unoccupied. Even those not fasting feel a strong social pressure to avoid eating in public.

But, that all changes after sunset.

Even before the echos of the maghrib fade, a flood of people pours out in to the green areas and common spaces of the city. What better excuse for a party than hunger?

Theatre, dervishes, markets! All over dinner with family and friends.

Syndicated 2009-11-16 06:21:51 from David Ryland Scott Robinson

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