World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish leaders on Sunday preferred Istanbul to celebrate Ramadan Eid as millions of Muslims around the world are marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan performed Eid prayers at Sehzadepasa Mosque in Fatih dictrict of Istanbul while President Gul was in Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) and Foreing Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was in Fatih Mosque for Ramadan prayer.
The start of the three day festival, Eid Al-Fitr, is the most important date in the Muslim calendar.
It's traditionally celebrated with prayers, family gatherings and feasting.
After the Eid prayers, leaders exchanged greetings with citizens at the mosques. President Gul, coming to the mosque with his son, said "in such events, like Eid, everyone should embrace each other with love and respect. I believe this will happen like this. I wish the Eid will bring goodness to all people and countries."
The President also distributed ten liras, money called "Bayram harçlığı", a gift given to kids in Eids, to children.
PM Erdogan said "I hope Eid will bring peace and brotherhood to all people, in Turkey and Islamic world.
"I believe the rich had an opportunity to better understand the poor in this Holy month, " he said, adding "peace, love, sharing and solidarity is underlined in Ramadan month."
Erdogan stated that "But we are going through a hard time. I hope climate of peace and solidarity will contribute to the unity and brotherhood of our country. We should be in effort to do that and for this, there are some steps we should take. With these feelings, I hope Eid will bring peace and brotherhood to all people, in Turkey and Islamic world."
Last Mod: 20 Eylül 2009, 19:26