Sultan Ahmed Mosque with Mahya, Istanbul, Turkey

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So, tomorrow is the highly anticipated day – I am going to fly out to Istanbul to start organising my new life! What an exciting step!

Tomorrow also marks the end of the month of Ramadan and this year people have already been celebrating since 9th September. Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid Ul-Fitr. Literally the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” Eid Ul-Fitr is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations (the other occurs after the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca). In Turkey, Eid ul-Fitr is referred to as both Şeker Bayramı (“Bayram of Sweets”) and Ramazan Bayramı (“Ramadan Bayram”). During this three-day holiday people dress in their finest clothes, adorn their homes with lights and decorations, give treats to children, and enjoy visits with friends and family. What a perfect time to arrive in Istanbul!


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