An Iftar Dinner In The Bazaar

Tiıroughout its history, the Grand Bazaar has preserved both its traditions and its conservative stıucture. So much so that the fez and other clothing styles, which became popular during the Murat II’s reign, were seen latest in the Bazaar and the adaptation to the dress code reform in the Turkish Republic was difficult and took a long time. Besides, it is one of the rare places where trading can be conducted by oral prornises, in other words, without any written agreements in this century.

Any rrıisbehavior of a Bazaar employee will result in his disrrıissal from the Bazaar. In such situations, this huge Bazaar, which has sixty two avenues and streets in total, throws these flaws out immediately by communicating rapidly. The most important and remarkable tradition is observed during the Ramadan month. Ramadan is welcomed in the Bazaar in a special way. The iftar tables are prepared in the streets with the contributions of the neighbors. Even, the tourists visiting the Bazaar get invited to these tables. In these times, the traders are more tolerant to one another. Here, one can see such nice scenes which cannot be seen in any other big malls. Each street has its own iftar table, and as the tradesmen break their fasts with the azan, the tourists, who wander around with bewildered eyes, get invited to the tables.

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