Ramadan Art

During Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, the city changes a lot. The traffic is a mess before iftar, the meal for breaking the fast, with everyone trying to get home as soon as possible, shopkeepers hold community meals together with their workers in front of the shops when the weather is fine, and municipalities set up special areas where the poor can eat for free.

The big mosques are illuminated at night and religious maxims are written on the ropes stretched between the minarets of mosques; a Ramadan art called mahya. They are mostly sayings like “The Sultan of 11 months,” “Fast and You’ll Be Healthy”, etc. I spotted this one yesterday in Uskudar. It says “Hakikati Ara” meaning “Search for the Truth!” Obscure in all senses of the word.


2 Comments so far

  1. ronin (unregistered) on October 28th, 2004 @ 3:27 am


    I spent the 4 of the best months of my life as a student in istanbul staying at a hotel called ‘BAHAUS’ in sultanahment not far from hagia sofia. I was curious to know if it is still around..anyone heard of it?

  2. Fikirbaz (unregistered) on October 28th, 2004 @ 10:05 am

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