Bayram II- Bergama (Pergamum)

Kurban Bayrami 2014 Part 2. You can read part one, about my trip to Chios, here. For more on Izmir, click here. Most people who spend a decent amount of time touring Turkey make a point of visiting Ephesus (Efes), the ancient Biblical city, as I have. Though they are almost equidistant, far fewer people … Continue reading Bayram II- Bergama (Pergamum)

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Bayramınız mübarek olsun

Tomorrow marks the first day of the Festival of Sacrifice, the most important celebration in the Islamic calendar. Corresponding with hajj, pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiday is known as Eid al Adha in Arabic, and Kurban Bayramı here in Turkey. It is also known in Arabic speaking parts of the Muslim world as Eid al … Continue reading Bayramınız mübarek olsun

Kurban Bayrami Part One: Antalya

In the middle of October, we had a total of 10 days away from school for the observance of Kurban Bayrami, the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, perhaps more commonly known in the States by its Arabic name, Eid al-Adha. I had a lot of fun discussing the holiday with my students, who are continually surprised … Continue reading Kurban Bayrami Part One: Antalya