Celebrate: Turkish Eid
As 30 days of fasting comes to an end, we join the Karci family in their Sydney home to share the very special feast that follows, which rewards a month of reflection and restraint.
The tiny suburban kitchen is a maelstrom of activity as Gulay Karci-McBeth, her mother Gursel and her aunt Ece put the finishing touches on the breakfast that will literally break the 30-day fasting period of Ramadan (Ramazan in Turkish). This day, known as Eid al-Fitr (or Ramazan bayrami) is the most significant time in the Muslim calendar. The men have already been to the mosque to pray and they are now loitering near the kitchen, stomachs rumbling. “Why are you in here? Unless you want to cook or chop?” Gulay says with a laugh as she shoos them into the sunny backyard. “No way,” says her husband Dion in mock horror.
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Photography by Christopher Ireland.