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Kurban Bayram Traditions and Greetings.

Kurban Bayram is like our Christmas its, the end of the pilgrimage to the Haj and a time for families to get together.  It is also a religious holiday to offer submission to Allah through remembering the Sacrifice that Abraham was willing to make of his son to Allah.

Before Bayram begins you will notice a flurry of activity, shops are busy, roads become crowded and the ladies will be busy cleaning every inch of their homes in fact they have probably been getting ready for weeks.  You will hear the sound of hovers, carpets being beaten and children being shouted out for making a mess.

carpetcleaningMany different foods will be made, many will make their own Baklava and borek  to serve to Bayram visitors and many other lovely treats will be prepared.  New clothes will be bought for the family to wear during Bayram and some may purchase presents for family which is a relatively new tradition.

On the day before Bayram, families will go to the graveyards to pay their respect to loved ones and say prayers for those that have past.

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In the morning of the first day of Bayram, the men will go to pray at the mosque, it’s a bit like attending Christmas Mass as even those who don’t pray all year may go to pray during Bayram.  Then people will head off to make their Sacrifice for Kurban Bayram.  Only after the first prayer on Bayram can the Sacrifice be made.

I mentioned in my earlier article, the Sacrifice meat will be divided into 3 thirds, one third going to the family, one third to friends and neighbours and the last third going to the poor and needy.  Those who do not wish to make a Sacrifice or afford to do so will make a donation to the poor often given to the Mosque for distribution.

sacrificekurbanbayramThe first meat will be cooked for the breakfast and some choose to cook the meat and have a picnic near to the sacrifices sites, but most prepare the food in the home.

Visiting the family is a really important part of any Bayram here in Turkey, the younger members of the family visit older relatives and neighbours.  Families will all converge at the eldest relative’s house and spend the day there.

When you arrive at an older relative’s house you greet the elders by kissing their hand touching their hand to your forehead and then they will kiss your cheeks in return.  Often the kids will be given some pennies or sweets for doing this tradition and great incentive!

sekerbayramtraditionsBayram here in Turkey is not unlike our own holidays like Christmas where the main focus is on bringing family together that may be apart for most of the year and for young members of the family to remember their respect for family and their elders.  It is a lovely time of year if you can over look the sacrifice and enjoy the time for what is at its core and that is family.  If you ever get the offer of spending Bayram with a family then take the opportunity and enjoy the time and holiday.

Remember as it is a holiday, banks, schools and government offices will be closed.  Shops will be closed mainly on the first day of the holiday and then reopen on the second day with sales! Its a good idea to be prepared ahead of time as travel is very busy and banks and post offices are normally crowded for about week before the holiday it is also a good idea to have a supply of cash incase ATMs run out.

Dates for Kurban Bayram

2014 October 4, 5 , 6 and 7.

2015 September 23, 24, 25, 26

2016 September 12, 13, 14, 15

2017 September 1, 2, 3, 4

2018 August 21, 22, 23, 24

2019 August 11,12, 13,14

2020 31 July to 1, 2, 3 August.

And lastly here are a few sayings you can use to greet people during Kurban Bayram

Kurban Bayramin (Bayraminiz) kutlu olsun – Have a happy bayram.
Kurban Bayramin (Bayraminiz) mübarek olsun – Have a blessed bayram.
Iyi bayramlar – Happy bayram.

Wishing you all a happy bayram, Kurban Barayminiz Kutlu Olusn.

Please share your Bayram Traditions and stories in the comments below.

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9 Responses to “Kurban Bayram Traditions | Bayram Traditions”

  1. 27th October 2012

    Susan Murray Reply

    Hi Kerry – Just discovered your blog. I’m looking forward to reading more. I am new to Turkey. This is my first Kurban Bayram.

    • 29th October 2012

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Thanks Susan, Welcome to Turkey hope you are enjoying living here x

  2. 12th October 2013

    Julia Reply

    Loved this. I am new to Turkey. My 5 year old daughter wanted to know how we could celebrate Bayram like her new classmates here. She was on-board with the sweets, and greetings (much like the Philippines where we lived last) but not so much with the sacrifice!

    • 18th October 2013

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Yes the Sacrifice bit is hard for a lot of people. Giving a donation is often a simpler and nicer way. I hope your daughter and friends enjoy Bayram together.

  3. 15th October 2013

    Stephanie Cimen Reply

    hi Kerry, I have been a turkish housewife for the last 6 years and am trying to teach our 2 daughters about the different bayrams. our eldest is going to help me cook dinner after school today and was very excited to go to school and tell everyone it was Bayram (We have lived in the uk for the last 3 years)

    Kurban bayraminiz kutlu olsun

    • 18th October 2013

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Hi Stephanie I hope you had a lovely Bayram meal and your Eldest enjoyed helping you. What did you make? Iyi Bayramlar.

  4. 15th October 2013

    backtobodrum Reply

    Happy Bayram Kerry – I wish I could say I’ve been a good Turkish housewife and cleaned my house from top to bottom.

    • 18th October 2013

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      A bit late but Happy Bayram BacktoBodrum, I avoided the big clean by heading home to Scotland this year!!

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