Ramadan in Turkey and Bangladesh

Ambassador of Bangladesh in Ankara Zulfiqur Rahman has evaluated the different rituals between Turkey and Bangladesh during the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan in Turkey and Bangladesh

Rahman, who has been serving as ambassador in Turkey for nearly 3 years told Anadolu Agency that he liked the friendliness of Turkish people and when he said he was from Bangladesh they called him "brother". Rahman said that he liked the food and the weather in Turkey and pointed out that he felt pleased to be in Turkey during Ramadan. Rahman noted that people from everywhere waited for the call to prayer to share the same feelings and that those feelings "could not be described." About the different rituals between Turkey and Bangladesh during Ramadan, Rahman said, "The way to wake up for sahur is different. You have these drummers on the streets and we have children. Near to sahur time the children in the neighbourhood come together and walk through the streets. And at the first day of Eid el-Fitr they come to your door and want some pocket money for their work. And another thing is that you stand up from the iftar table near to the night prayer. In Bangladesh we break our fasting with water and date palm after hearing the prayer and fulfill the evening prayer. But in Turkey the evening prayer is delayed a little bit."

Zulfiqur Rahman's wife Shah Asif Rahman said that the days during the Ramadan were very long and that she went the last time to Bangladesh but regretted it afterwards. "I went to Bangladesh but something interesting happened. I missed Turkey. I thought it would be a good idea to travel to my home country but I was wrong. I confessed, in Turkey are so fresh and delicious fruits, it's impossible to miss them."

Zulfiqur Rahman noted that he visited a lot of cities in Turkey and that he had no problems with the Turkish food because they were familiar with the Mongolian cuisine. "Kebab is not new for us. There are same foods in Bangladesh. But the interesting point is, nearly every city has it's own kebab. Bursa, Konya and Urfa. And each of them said, their kebab is the best. I can't decide which tastes the best."

He also underlined that the Turkish baklava was very popular in Bangladesh and that everyone who visited Turkey took kilograms of baklava to Bangladesh. Rahman pointed out that baklava was "dangerous" because of the calories and irresistibility of it. "For example, I'm starting to gain weight and my cholesterol rises out if i can't control myself. That's why you have to be very cautious," Rahman said.

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