International students under the “Turkey Scholarships” program, where the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) offers students from all over the world the opportunity to receive higher education in Turkey, will be sent to AA correspondents in their countries and in Turkey during the epidemic he told the month.
Zehra al-Gazi, a doctoral student at Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University, Department of Politics and Social Sciences, said that decorations were made, meals and drinks were prepared before Ramadan began in Iraq.
Gazi said, “There are dishes such as stuffed and biryani special for Ramadan in Iraq. Our desserts are tulumba, baklava and caliber. Desserts are bought from the most famous dessert shops in Baghdad. There is a tradition of waking up with a drum in suhoor.” used the expression.
Stating that the neighbors send each other food before iftar, Gazi said that the best part of the Ramadan is the games played after the iftar.
Gazi stated that he spent three Ramadan in Turkey and that the Ramadan times he spent thanks to YTB were very nice and said, “I miss my family very much, but we have now become like a family in YTB. Thanks to them, we do not feel like foreigners in Turkey.” said.
“People help each other a lot”
Hacettepe University Social Work Department PhD student Sudanlı Mevahib Hasan stated that he has been in Turkey since 2015 and that women in his country bought new items for their kitchens one month before Ramadan and prepared special meals for Ramadan.
Mentioning that a special drink called “Hulu-Murr” was prepared for Ramadan, Hasan used the following statements regarding Ramadan in Turkey:
“One of the things that caught my attention during Ramadan in Turkey was that the day was too long. The meals are a little different from ours. Our meals are more spicy and we eat special meals for Ramadan.
I loved the Ramadan pita. Iftar is not served without pita. Tables are very rich in Turkey. People help each other a lot. Thanks to YTB, we visited several families. Two years ago, we were having iftar with families for 30 days. “
“We shared the joy of the Muslims”
Bosnia and Herzegovina Dajana Barusic, a graduate student at Ankara University, Department of History, said that she has been in Turkey for 6 years and that the Ramadan traditions in her country are similar to those in Turkey.
Emphasizing that Orthodox and Catholic Christians and Jews also live in his country Bosnia, Barusic said:
“Even as a Christian, as far as I remember in my childhood, it was felt from the air of Ramadan. We all shared the joy of the Muslims. The tradition of throwing balls at iftar continues in Bosnia.
Muslims in Bosnia pay more attention to and investigate their religion during Ramadan. Especially non-Muslims are also invited to iftar. There is also such a custom. I was invited by Muslims in Bosnia, but I attended more iftar meals in Turkey. “I always felt beautiful, even if I did not experience as much excitement as Muslims in terms of religion.”
Barusic said that Ramadan pita is also very famous in his country.
“Eid al-Fitr passes calmly in Bulgaria”
Rovena Deliu, an Albanian student at the Faculty of Theology at Ankara University, stated that there is a huge difference between the Ottoman period and the current Ramadan in his country, “But I can say that we have a 500-year common history, we have more similarities than our differences. and for sahur, drums were played to awaken people. When I came to Turkey, I did not see any cultural difference. ” he spoke.
Fatime Islam of Bulgaria, a third-year student at Ankara University Journalism Department, noted that Ramadan passes more calmly than Turkey in her country, and that there is no atmosphere like Turkey because Muslims are a minority.
Stating that Islam loves spending Ramadan in Turkey, “I will probably return here to spend Ramadan in Turkey even after I graduate.” said.
“Ramadan pita and many other things emphasize that Ramadan is coming in Turkey, I like it very much.” Islam said that the Ramadan Feast was also quiet in Bulgaria.
“There is a game called ‘ramazani’ in our culture”
Harun Hasanzoy from Afghanistan, a student of Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University, Department of International Relations, said that people’s excitement increased during Ramadan in his country.
Stating that the children go to the mosque with their fathers and perform the tarawih prayer, Hasanzoy said, “We make Ramadan special desserts, sherbets such as lemon sherbet, main dishes such as Afghan pilaf and ravioli. The food we call ‘bolani’, similar to iftar special pancakes, is also prepared. Children in the neighborhood walk around singing Ramadan songs all together, and the residents there give money to the children. ” he spoke.
Ethiopian Osama Kamil, a student at Ankara University’s Department of Psychology, said that his country’s Ramadan culture is similar to that of Turkey.