How is Ramadan(month of fasting) in Turkey? Does it affect travel to Turkey?
Turkey is a secular country with %97 of Muslim population. Every year Turkish people welcome month of Ramadan which is the 9th month of Islamic calendar. It is a lunar calendar which has 355 days in a year and used to determine the time of the special Islamic holidays. That’s why every year month of Ramadan is shifting to 10 days earlier than previous year. For example, it has been always in summer time in recent years. Muslims who fast do not eat or drink from dawn until sunset. However especially in the big cities the ratio of people who fast is declining. Also Turkey as a secular country, it does not have any references to law of Shariah. For this reason, the religious worships depend on people’s choices; there are no restrictions on eating or drinking during Ramadan time. The state does not interfere with people and religion. So if you are planning to travel Turkey during the Ramadan time, no need to worry. Only in the small cities, it might be hard to find alcoholic beverages during that time and if you eat inside of a restaurant and hotel, it is highly appreciated as being respectful to the hungry people walking around. Also in Istanbul they make a huge Ramadan fest, opens after sunset in the Old City and you can buy all different kinds of Turkish food. The concert and theaters are organized as well to live the Ramadan spirit. It is pretty colorful and live for also visitors.