KURBAN BAYRAMI : (Sacrifice Holiday):
Kurban Bayrami the most important religious and secular holiday of the year. Kurban means 'sacrifice' in Turkish. Kurban Bayrami comes during the happy season of the pilgrimage (HAC, in Turkish) period, to thank ALLAH (God) for sending a ram for Prophet Hz.Ibrahim (Abraham) to slaughter instead of his son Ismail (Ishmael).
Kurban Bayrami commemorates Prophet Abraham's near-sacrifice of his son Ismail (Ishmael). In the story, God orders Abraham to take his son up to Mount Moriah and sacrifice him. Abraham takes takes his son up to mountain and lays him down. But at the last moment God stop Abraham, congratulates him on his faithfulness and order him to sacrifice instead a ram tangled in a nearby bush, which Abraham does.
Also; KURBAN BAYRAMI is an important affirmation of one of the key tenets of ISLAM, shared social responsibility. Families who can afford to sacrifice an animal... this can be mostly a ram or goat, will do so and there is a complex code stipulating how the carcass should be distributed amongst friends, family and charitable concerns.
Travelling before the holiday you'll notice the build up ram and goats outskirts of towns and cities as their owners bring them in to be sold. On the day itself the more squeamish may want to keep out of the way as many animals are despatched in gardens or the street.
Please take note that, this is also a major public holiday in Turkey and mean while this holiday of KURBAN BAYRAMI is 4 days and all the schools and governmental offices, many stores and private businesses will be close. Even sometimes, depend of the day of the week, this holidays joins to the weekend and public gets a whole week or more days off.
Again... this is a major public holiday and all the highways, bus/train stations, see ports and airports are extremely busy by travellers. If you are traveling by your own transportation please be very careful with the traffic!
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