Muslims in Turkey, alongside Muslim populations around the world, are set to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr starting on June 15 until June 17, marking the end of 30 days of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
More than 30,000 Syrians have left Turkey to spend the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in Syria, as long lines of Syrian families, laden with baggage, have started queuing at border crossings between the two countries.
A Danish minister known for her strong anti-immigration views on May 21 called for Muslims to take time off work during the fasting period of Ramadan, saying the practice is "dangerous for all of us".
Muslims in Turkey are set to begin fasting on the morning of May 16 for the holy month of Ramadan, when most of the world's 1.8 billion Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset.
Muslims around the world honor Eid al-Adha, one of the greatest holidays in Islam. The celebrations began on Thursday, with a total of four days. The holiday is related to family values and symbolizes humility and forgiveness.
Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, is the greatest religious holiday for Muslims. Celebrations usually take three days.
It was a bitter Eid el-Fitr. We had mixed emotions. But I was also happy on the one hand because my beautiful mother celebrated her 75th birthday with her grandchildren and sister, who, according to doctors, had six months of life left, yet has been alive for the past six years. We were all together.
People who stayed in Istanbul during the Eid al-Fitr holiday flocked to nearby beaches to take advantage of the hot weather.
There are around 85 spots in and around Istanbul that are suitable for swimming, all of which were popular among residents who stayed home for the holiday rather than driving to the country's Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.
Some 59 people have been killed and 330 have been injured in a total of 78 traffic accidents across Turkey since June 24, the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, Doğan News Agency has reported.
Traffic was snarled as people took to the roads to visit their relatives in provinces across the country during the Eid al-Fitr holiday after Ramadan.
What is the pain of being without a home and without a country? How painful is it to be away from home?
The answer is in a piece written by Hanzade Germiyanoğlu, whom I am directly quoting below:
"It has been six and a half years since Sidra left Aleppo. She has walked kilometers, leaving the past behind and the future in a conundrum."