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Monday, 20 July 2020 00:00

Kurban Bayram in Kalkan 2020

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An important date is coming up soon: Kurban Bayram, also known as Eid al Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice).

This report tells you what you need to know, including when it takes place.

It commemorates the Islamic prophet Ibrahim sacrificing a ram in place of his son Ismael, as an act of obedience to God.

According to the Islamic calendar this year Kurban Bayram starts on Friday 31st July and ends on Monday 3rd August.  Preparations (arife) usually begin the evening before; this year on Thursday 30th July.  

According to this news report there are currently no plans for any kind of exceptional Coronavirus curfew during Kurban Bayram: Daily Sabah Report

As it is a public holiday you will find that many Turkish people will be travelling to visit family and friends, so the roads are going to be busier and parking in Kalkan will be even more congested than usual.

At Kurban Bayram it is traditional for followers to wear their finest clothes as they attend prayer meetings.  Those who can afford to do so may sacrifice an animal - usually a goat or cow or sheep. 

Importantly, the meat will be shared, and in particular consideration is given at this time to those who are less well off. 

In the days leading up to Bayram, you may see animals being transported around town and being sold.  

In modern Turkey, people will often give money to the less well off rather than slaughter an animal.

Kurban Bayram

Banks and post office (PTT)

All the banks and the PTT opening days/times are as follows:

  • Thursday 30th July - open until 12.30 then closed in the afternoon
  • Friday 31st July - closed all day
  • Saturday & Sunday 1st/2ndAugust - closed all weekend as normal
  • Monday 3rd August  - closed all day
  • Tuesday 4th August - open as normal

Be aware of ATM scams
The banks will be stocking up their ATMs, so you should not run out of cash.  However, it is perhaps a good time to remind KTLN readers to be wary of strangers loitering near ATMs and offering their help. 

Criminals like to carry out ATM card fraud at times when the banks are closed - especially on bank holidays.  Sadly this kind of theft happens in Kalkan from time to time.  Please stay alert.

You should expect most government offices including the Belediye to be closed over this holiday period. 

The medical centre in Kalkan will close at lunchtime on Thursday 30th July and reopen on Tuesday 4th August.  In an emergency you should call 112.  If you think you may have Coronavirus symptoms you should phone a special hotline: call 184.  The nearest A&E hospital is on the road to Kaş. 

Chemists will be open as usual (normal hours); you can find contact details in the KTLN Business Directory - Medical section.

You can expect restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and shops to stay open as usual, although Bim supermarket will close for a short time.   Petrol stations never close.

İyi Bayramlar
At this time of celebrations you may want to wish people a happy holiday, which in Turkish is "İyi Bayramlar".


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