Crimean Tradition of Oraza-Bayram
Muslims around the world are celebrating the festival of breaking the fast Oraza-Bayram, also known as "Eid al-Fitr." They recite a festive prayer, put on their best clothes and cook traditional dishes
Throughout Ramadan, Muslims abstained from food and drink during daylight hours. In preparation for Oraza-Bayram – or “Eid al-Fitr,” Ankara resident Elmaz Quirimli prepared her table to treat others.
The aroma of traditional Crimean Tatar dishes wafted through the house.
“We are also preparing chebureki (meat pies) today. We will try to share the aroma with all the neighbors. Then we’ll share the pies with them as well. We also make stuffed pepper soup, which is another traditional dish,” Quirimli said.
In addition to cooking delicious food, during the holiday of Uraza-Bayram it is the custom to greet loved ones, visit graves, and give money to the poor. Quirimli and her daughter visited neighbors to treat them with sweets and chebureki.
“It is customary to spend this holiday with family and to visit relatives and friends. But not all of our relatives and friends are here with us because some of them live in the occupied Crimea and it is not easy for us to travel there. So we are trying to create a festive atmosphere at home,” Quirimli said.
The celebration of Uraza Bayram lasts between three to seven days, depending on the local custom.