Throughout Ramadan many streets in ?stanbul will host iftars (fast-breaking dinners) in the open air, and a wide variety of events will accompany them, from entertainment for children to religious discussions and shadow puppet shows to concerts and poetry recitations.

The district of Ba?ak?ehir will host Ramadan programs at four different centers: Bahçe?ehir, ?ahintepe, Güvercintepe and Kaya?ehir. The iftar tables that have been set up in 13 neighborhoods in the district are expected to serve thousands of people during the holy month. Ba?ak?ehir’s Ramadan activities include concerts, street iftars, religious discussions, Quran recitals and programs for children. For more information and the full program, see www.basaksehirramazan.com, on which the Ramadan activities are being aired live.

The Fatih municipality has set up a Ramadan tent in Eminönü Square to offer iftar for 5,000 people every night during Ramadan. The iftar menu consists of at least four types of food in addition to dates and olives. People will also be offered cold sherbet after they perform the post iftar prayers called “teravih.”

In Ümraniye, the municipality plans to host 5,000 people every night at six different locations and will distribute food packages to 8,000 families. It will also offer street iftars in various neighborhoods for 2,000 or 3,000 people according to the size of the neighborhood. Other highlights include religious discussions, concerts and programs for children. Last year, Ümraniye hosted 100,000 guests at a dinner table stretching over one-and-a-half kilometers for iftar.

Post-iftar concerts to mark Ramadan in Sar?yer

Sar?yer residents will be enjoying admission-free post-iftar concerts throughout Ramadan at an area in ?stinye that served as a shipyard until 1991. The district will set up tables every day for 1,000 guests in a different neighborhood during Ramadan.

One of the busiest districts of ?stanbul, ?i?li, has three Ramadan tents in three different locations to serve iftar every night during the holy month to 5,000 people. Street iftars are also held across five neighborhoods.

The historic peninsula, the center of old ?stanbul, is likely to be the most attractive location in the city during Ramadan. The Fatih district, Sultanahmet Square, Beyaz?t Square and the Eminönü neighborhood all host Ramadan events, ranging from concerts to Hac?vat and Karagöz shadow puppet shows.

Historic Beyaz?t Square will host the Turkish Book and Culture Fair, an annual Ramadan special presented by the ?stanbul Metropolitan Municipality, till the end of Ramadan. The literary fair promises a host of exciting opportunities for ?stanbul residents to mingle and learn from a selection of top poets and authors.

Meanwhile, Sultanahmet Square, the undisputed heart of Ramadan activities in the city, will offer an exhibition of traditional Turkish crafts and many other side events such as concerts and Hac?vat and Karagöz shadow puppet shows.

Be?ikta? Municipality offers boat tours along with iftar

Be?ikta? residents can take a boat trip every night where they’ll have the opportunity to break their fast on a boat, which is able to host up to 400 people and equipped with iftar tables.

Twenty-five neighborhoods and 20 villages of Beykoz are home to iftars on streets throughout Ramadan. District residents of different religions meet at numerous iftar tables set on the streets of Polonezköy and several other neighborhoods.

The Beyo?lu Municipality, which has been hosting a variety of Ramadan events in Taksim Gezi Park and the Tepeba?? quarter for many years, has carried the joy of Ramadan to Hasköy along the Golden Horn, where residents gather at open-air iftar tables to break their fast.

A total of 25,000 people have their iftars at nine locations in Üsküdar during Ramadan. Drummers assigned by the municipality tour the streets to summon fasters to iftar tables. Residents can also tour the Üsküdar Book Fair near the Ba?larba?? Cultural Center from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. throughout Ramadan.

In the districts of Esenler, Kartal, Zeytinburnu and Sultangazi, iftar tables are also set up on the streets for thousands of residents to break their fast. The many side events in these districts include concerts, religious discussions, Quran and poetry recitals and comedy plays.

 

 

 

 

 

ref: http://www.todayszaman.com