Every year from our elders, “Where are those old Ramadans?” We hear a phrase. Today we think that the months of Ramadan are not met with such enthusiasm as in the past. However, we continue to uphold many of our traditions. So what makes our long tradition so special? Let’s take a little nostalgic journey together
1. Mass iftar
Here is one of the most forgotten traditions of those old Ramadan, the collective iftar meal. In ancient times, these massive iftar meals were held at the start of Ramadan. People gathered together, not to mention rich or poor, sat at the same table, and solidarity between them was strengthened. Beautiful memories were created, people became closer to each other. These mass meals were usually held outdoors or in the courtyards of mosques and were open to everyone. It can be difficult right now to organize such a meal where everyone sits at the same table, regardless of social status, without offending the poor. Actually keep organizing small portions of iftar. However, we perfectly understand why our old people miss these wonderful memories.
2. Shadow games
Who can forget the fun games of Hasivat and Karagöz? These shadow games are one of the essential things of the old Ramadan. This tradition, especially loved by children, unfortunately fell into decay over time. Children these days grow up without watching shadows play. It is a pity that such an important part of the Turkish people and culture is not appreciated as much as it used to be.
3. Ramadan ball
Azan is read, the balloon exploded, it’s time to open iftar! The Ramadan ball tradition dates back to ancient times and enhances the spiritual atmosphere of this month. With the beginning of Ramadan, balls thrown at the minarets of mosques or at predetermined points explode during iftar, explaining that the fast can be broken. In the early days, the ball was thrown during imsak. This tradition first began with the firing of a cannon at Anadolu Hisari in 1821 and has continued to this day.
4. Pita Ramadan
Even thinking about it hurt. The gem of the tables that makes you feel like Ramadan is coming is the Ramadan Lavash. Children used to stand in long lines to get this lavash. Today we see that there are queues for lavash again. But we are all confused by the fact that lavash in Ramadan costs 10 liras.
5. Ramadan Drummer
One tradition that still continues from the past into the present is the Ramadan Drummer! They roam the streets to wake people up for suhoor, sometimes they sing mani.
Dates are one of the most important Ramadan foods. In addition to being highly valued from a religious point of view, dates, which are very beneficial for health, also become an indispensable food due to their taste.
7. Dessert Gullach
Delicious, delicious gullach is a Ramadan tradition that has survived to this day. This beautiful Ottoman-style dessert gets its name from the rose water that is added to it. Gullach, known in the past as “Gullu Ash”, is definitely one of the must-have dishes of Ramadan.
One of the first traditions that comes to mind when talking about the old Ramadans is sherbet, whose history goes back to the Ottoman Empire. Although this sweet drink, which can be made from any fruit, is not drunk much today, it was one of the indispensable conditions in the old months of Ramadan. The most preferred was tamarind sherbet. Among the most important properties of this drink are hematopoiesis and energy. It’s also very cool since it’s homemade.
We are sure that you have seen the inscriptions “Hello city of Ramadan”, “Welcome Mubarak Ramadan”, “Welcome Eleven Month Sultan”, “Ramadan is a blessing” hanging on the minarets of the mosque. They are installed by people named mahyacı, which is the root of the Persian word and means “one month long”. Maha makers begin preparations and decorations before Ramadan. We are still continuing this tradition.
10. Unity and unity
Perhaps the most overlooked of the old Ramadan tables is the sense of unity and togetherness. Previously, everyone, young and old, gathered at the table in Ramadan, chatted to the fullest and collected good memories. This month, grievances were reconciled, assistance was provided to those in need. So it was a time when everyone was happy and made others happy.
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