Apart from the daily sunset cannon, friends fasting or absconding from drinking alcohol and us enjoying the special Ramazan bread, Ramazan in Fethiye usually passes by quietly for us. At the beginning of this month, we did a post on how Ramazan in Fethiye might affect your holiday and said that you probably wouldn’t even notice anything different.
However, that was before we knew that Fethiye Belediyesi (Fethiye council) had arranged a free ‘Ramazan area’ along the harbour with nightly plays, musical performances and dance displays. It was here that we were able to see the Whirling Dervishes display their Sema ritual on Wednesday.
Stalls have been set up, selling gözleme, spices and ice cream from Korkuteli (a small town, high up in the yayla between Fethiye and Antalya). Dodgems crash and race around to the rear of the stage…
…children cry and hassle their parents for helium-filled balloons only to start crying again as they let go of the string and watch their new, shiny toy float off into the night sky.
Yes, this is Ramazan 2011 in Fethiye. The council are advertising these events under the slogan, Tüm Halkımız Davetlidir (Roughly translated as Everyone’s Invited) so, if you’re in Fethiye between now and 28th August, rather than let Ramazan pass unnoticed, you could choose to let it be a significant part of your time here by visiting this special area, even if it’s just to soak up a bit of the atmosphere. For the next few nights, it’s mainly music concerts. We’re big music fans so I think we might be heading up to see the Turkish folk music show on Wednesday.