Monday, October 8, 2012

Kurban Bayrami or Sacrifice Day

Kurban Bayrami or Sacrifice Day is a four day Turkish festival when sheep are slaughtered and their meat is distributed to the poor. Like many Turkish festivals with religious significance this festival's dates change according to the Islamic calendar.  This year the festival will be celebrated on October 25, 26, 27 and 28.

A friend tells us tents are set up in towns and the sheep are slaughtered publicly.  She said it wasn't her favourite festival.  I like the idea behind it, but I've never been present when an animal was slaughtered.  She also said many people travel during this time so it's a good time to stay off the roads. 

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