Ramadan in İstanbulİstanbul changed its appearance with the arriving of the holy month of Ramadan, where Muslims have started their one-month-long fasting that will end on the 5th of July. Both İstanbulites and tourists could live the joy of Ramadan together at the vast event areas set all around the city.
The history of Ramadan celebrations in İstanbul is as rooted and rich as the history of the city itself. The events, where visitors could find traces of old Ramadans, enjoy traditional Ottoman puppet-theater (Hacivat-Karagöz), movie screenings, and taste Ottoman cuisine, are held at different parts of the city, including Sultanahmet.
At the event areas set in Yenikapı, Maltepe, Feshane and Beyazıt Square, various spectacles such as Hacivat-Karagöz puppet-theater, movie screenings and Orta Oyunu (traditional Ottoman theater) await visitors. There are also bazaar sections offering an array of Ottoman tastes from Turkish bagel to künefe (a Turkish dessert). Other than that, at the Islamic Traditional Arts Street found in all event areas, visitors could witness old Ottoman handicrafts (marbling, tile-making etc.) being performed by the master craftsmen.
The center of the celebrations, Sultanahmet Square, with its new face after a long environmental renovation, offers memorable Ramadan evenings not only to İstanbulites, but to tourists from all over the world as well. Like in other celebration areas, visitors could watch and learn from the master craftsmen the elegancy of old, almost-extinct Ottoman crafts and arts such as marbling, glassworks, tile-making, calligraphy and miniature. Century-old brands of İstanbul, including Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, Koska and Hacıbekir Lokumcusu will also greet visitors in the bazaar section.
All the event areas offer free Wi-Fi, health room and contact points for visitors.