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Kandil

 It is necessary to add that Turks have a personal way of following Islam. A great number of Muslim Turks will enjoy a nice alcoholic beverage, smoke cigarettes and make the most of the "good things in life", though taking care not to do these during religious occasions such as Ramazan (Ramadan) or the Kandil. This is, of course, an unofficial declaration on your researchers part. Ramazan is the holy month when for thirty days a good Muslim lets nothing pass his/her lips during daylight hours; no eating, drinking, smoking or even licking a postage stamp. Some restaurants and nightclubs are closed during the month of Ramazan.

Mosque festivals are called Kandil, which means Candle. It is so called because all the mosques are illuminated and those are the nights on which Muslims pray for forgiveness and wish to see the right way of things to be done according to their religion.

The story of Kandil
The five holy evenings on the Muslim calendar are called Kandil. During the Ottoman Empire Sultan Selim II of 16th century lit candles on the minarets of the mosques in order to announce these holy nights to the public. Since this calendar is calculated with the revolution of the moon around the earth the dates of the Kandils differ every year.
Mevlid Kandili - The birth of Prophet Mohammad (January 12, 2014)
Regaip Kandili – The night of Muhammed's conception (May 1, 2014)
Miraç Kandili – Prophet Mohammad's rising to sky (May 25, 2014)
Berat Kandili – The forgiveness of the sins (June 12, 2014)
Kadir Gecesi – The Koran's first appearance to Prophet Mohammad (July 23, 2014)

These nights Muslims usually worship and sing Mevlit, a poem written for the birth of Prophet Mohammad. Kandils were holy days when young members visited the older members of the family, however today the Kandil greetings are made with phone calls. Some restaurants serving alcoholic beverages may be closed at Kandils. Most of the pastry shops and bakery sell Kandil Simidi (special small crispy bread ring strewn with or without sesame seeds). In some apartments the neighbors hand out helva (a special Turkish dessert made of semolina or flour) or lokma tatlısı (again a special Turkish dessert made of fried dough with syrup).




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Latest comments about this article

 By Muslimah  16.6.2012

You should say that Turkish Muslims celebrate this. This is not a part of Islam, the prophet Mohammed sws perfected Islam before he died so therefore any innovation to Islam is not a part of Islam

 By ozgureu  20.8.2004

Hi everybody, I was trying to explain the importance of tonight, Regaip Candle. Since my english is not good I really couldn`t. Then I saw the writing in English about that day. Thanks for preparing it in English.

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