The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness. During the holly month Ramadan(from 6th of June 2016 until 4th of July 2016) fasting from sunrise to sunset is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding.
Each day during the Ramadan month, before dawn (in Istanbul around 3:00 a.m. -4:00 a.m.), Muslims observe a pre-fast meal called the suhur.
In the middle of the night drummers circulate through Istanbul to wake sleepers so they can prepare Suhur They tend to make their noise around 02:30 and 03:00 am, and they make sure everyone hears them. If you don’t want to awaken, have earplugs, close your hotel room windows, or both.
If you are fasting or would like to experience Suhur, we serve Suhur meal in our Roof top Olive Restaurant between 02:30 a.m. – 04:30 a.m. during the ramadan.
After sunset, with the forth call to prayer(will be around 20:00 – 20:30) and explosion alike sounds, muslim people break their fasts. You can also notice green lights appear on the minarets. You’ll see people patiently waiting for the sign to start this ceremonial meal. This light meal, consisting of freshly-baked flat bread(Turkish : “Ramazan Pidesi”), date fruits, pickled vegetables, olives and other easily-prepared edibles is often enjoyed in group with family members and/or friends. More elaborate dinners are normally held later in the evening or night, but some people just go for it right from the start.
You can experience infar in our Roof top Olive Restaurant.
How Ramadan may affect your stay in Istanbul?
You’ll find that in tourist areas it doesn’t make much difference – as a non-Muslim you are not expected to fast – and all the restaurants and bars are open for business as usual.
Tourist attractions will be open as usual.