Sul­tanah­met wel­comes large gath­er­ings for if­tar

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

RA­MADAN is joy­ful when it’s shared with loved ones and oth­ers. Ev­ery year, the abun­dance of Ra­madan, the holi­est month of Is­lam, is cel­e­brated by peo­ple who come to­gether around if­tar ta­bles that are set up in streets and town squares. One of the most iconic mass if­tar ta­bles in Turkey is the one in Sul­tanah­met Square where the Blue Mosque and Ha­gia Sophia stand.

Yes­ter­day, the year’s first mass if­tar table hosted around 30,000 peo­ple. Af­ter the if­tar par­tic­i­pants broke their fast, the Quran was chanted and the Ot­toman Mil­i­tary March­ing Band gave a live con­cert that fits the soul of the his­tor­i­cal penin­sula of Is­tan­bul.

If­tar ta­bles set in Sul­tanah­met Square dur­ing Ra­madan have been a tra­di­tion since 2006. Ev­ery year, the Fatih Mu­nic­i­pal­ity cel­e­brates Ra­madan with if­tar ta­bles and var­i­ous Ra­madan-re­lated activities and events for Is­tan­bu­lites and tourists that want to ex­pe­ri­ence the joy of this month.

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