Eid ul-Fitr, more commonly known as Şeker Bayramı (The Sugar Feast) in Istanbul, is a three-day Islamic celebration marking the end of Ramadan. The event is celebrated nationwide, and Muslims all across Turkey rejoice to experience the festivities that Şeker Bayramı has to offer. This period is a joyous time to be observed and is exceptionally beautiful in Istanbul. Here are some ways you can get the most out of Şeker Bayramı during your trip:
- Enjoy some traditional treats: Naturally, it wouldn’t be the Sugar Feast without sweets. It is a day to indulge, so be sure to sample some local Baklava, Güllaç or Ekmek Kadayıfı. You will find a plethora of desserts at many street-food stalls set up during Eid. The sweets are an immense delight and make up a large part of end-of-Ramadan festivities in Istanbul.
- Grab a picnic by the Blue Mosque: The benches at Blue Mosque are open to the public and provide a scenic view of the attraction. Pack a picnic, kick back and enjoy with friends and family. Head there early to catch a glimpse of the Eid prayers that take place in the morning – it is undoubtedly a sight to behold.
- Embark on a Bosphorus Tour: Hop on a ferry and travel the Bosphorus on a half-day or full-day tour. Between May and September, the weather is incredible. If you get the chance, take a night tour to enjoy magnificent views of the Istanbul sunset and a moonlit cruise.
- Catch a performance: Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram is set to perform live on the second day of Eid ul-Fitr / Şeker Bayramı in Istanbul. Recognized as one of the most important artists in the Arabic world, you can be sure this is a performance you wouldn’t want to miss.
- Go on a walking tour: On the first full day of Eid ul-Fitr, many sights remain closed, so this may be an excellent opportunity to get some steps in and undertake the sightseeing tours on foot. Revel the illuminated mosques at night, observe the locals go about their preparations for this holiday and lose yourself in the festive spirit to witness a different side of Istanbul charm.