Bayram underlines importance of family, friends and privilege of feeling safe at home

Published 24.06.2017 22:03
Updated 25.06.2017 00:14
People buying sweets for bayram at a local market in Douma, Syria (AA Photo)
People buying sweets for bayram at a local market in Douma, Syria (AA Photo)

The three-day Ramadan holiday ending on Tuesday, provides the perfect opportunity to get together with the family, or traffic permitting, take a few days off at the beach. Still, this is also the right time to remember those millions of refugees, less fortunate than us

The three-day Ramadan Bayram, also known as Eid al-Fitr, at the end of the Ramadan month of fasting, is traditionally a time that draws attention to the importance of family and friends, with parents buying new clothes for their children before a visit to the grandparents, where the whole family celebrates their inseparability.

For the less traditional, the three-day holiday means a chance to escape daily worries by spending some time on the beach. That amount of time depends on how much one spends on the road, which has significantly increased lately due to traffic congestion around huge cities like Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir and resort provinces of Antalya and Muğla.

For expats, which Turkey has become home away from home, the next few days grant the opportunity to learn more about Turkish and Islamic culture of hospitality and unity.

However, at a time when we celebrate how fortunate we are, it is important to remember that there are over 3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey right now, longing to celebrate a bayram back at home with their friends and family.

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