Oraza Bayram in Turkmenistan
Oraza Bayram, better known as Eid al-Fitr, is an Islamic holiday celebrated at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It is one of the nation’s most historic holidays which has come to symbolizes virtue, spirituality, philanthropy and nobility.
The Turkmen people have inherited a history fraught with tragedy and hardship, which is perhaps why there is a special respect for Oraza Bayram in Turkmenistan. Preparations begin well in advance and are carried out with great solemnity. When the day arrives, festive sachaks (tables) are laid with an abundance of national dishes. Before feasting, a prayer of gratitude is read and wishes for the well-being and prosperity toward all people are voiced.
In Turkmenistan, special reverence is given to the observance of traditions and religious rites during the entire holy month of Ramadan. Among the most significant are the recitation of prayers to Allah for the prosperity of the nation and the practice of sadaqa-agzachar, or donating goods and food to the poor and needy. These and other practices during Oraza Bayram in Turkmenistan help to unite the people in a spirit of camaraderie and purpose, which in turn bolsters a sense of pride and confidence in the future.