We have left behind the fasting month of Ramadan, whose beginning is mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is freedom from the torment of hell.
Even if we want to say, “We are experiencing the excitement and joy of experiencing 3-day Eid after 30 days of fasting,” we cannot experience it.
Even if we want to go back to the “old vacation days” where we try to consume less and be happier and visit our parents, spouses and friends, we cannot go back.
Even if we want to celebrate the holidays that we celebrate as “very special days” with their rituals, we cannot.
Those who do not want to fully experience the holidays at home, fill the bus stations and roads to escape to the resorts despite the fluctuating currency and rising prices.
Our fiancée, on a short trip, will take us to the “tunnel of time”, “The old holidays were very different, come and do not search!” Let’s remember those days when we said;
A: A few days ago, gifts for children were purchased with basic necessities such as cologne, sugar, coffee and tea. The day before, cemeteries were visited, graves were visited and prayers were read.
DOCTOR: We get up early the morning of the party. The men of the house go to the mosque for the Eid prayer. While those who remained at home prepared the breakfast table, the children wore their party clothes.
Three: the sweet pastries were not bought outside, they were made at home. Each house would have a holiday special. We knew more or less who would eat which dessert, which pastry, where to drink coffee and tea.
Four: When they return from the mosque, they line up to celebrate the feast, the hands of the elders are kissed, the little ones offer eau de Cologne and sweets. Breakfast, which was prepared on the table on the floor and later on the table, was served together.
Five: The quarrels would be reconciled. Gifts such as handkerchiefs, socks and money, which were prepared in advance according to their age and proximity to the host, were given to those who came to visit the party.
Six: Children bought cotton candy, wafers, balloons, candy apples, dough, crackers and sparklers at the local grocery store with their vacation allowances, which they collected from the doorstep in door.
Seven: He was going to the PTT to celebrate his estranged parents’ birthday, hear his voice for even a minute, and wait a few minutes to be able to connect with a magneto phone.
Eight: Distant and close friends and relatives are called back a few days ago. Phrases according to the addressee were inscribed on greeting cards carefully selected from the open counters in front of the post office.
Nine: the only entertainment was battery-powered radios with lights. Later, “Special Bayram Entertainment Programs” began to be watched on single-channel black-and-white, and then multi-channel color TVs.
In summary; Eid was for me a ritual full of unforgettable memories, which started in Tunceli-Pertek, where I spent my childhood and youth, and continued with a family of 6 in Muğla, Siirt, Mersin , Denizli and Ankara, respectively.
After the wedding, the party with my wife, Mrs. gülür, was devoted to the visit of the elders between Amasya, Eskişehir, Izmit and Denizli-Istanbul.
As adults, we expect our students and friends to say “hello” and knock on our door these days.
Eid rituals have also changed in our time, with the replacement of extended families by nuclear families, the development of technology and the introduction of computer or console games into our lives.
During the holidays, visits to relatives, spouses and friends have been replaced by escapes to holiday destinations.
Children do not receive vacation pay, and cotton candy, paper candy, balloons, apple candy, dough, crackers and sparklers are not sold on the streets.
Television, mobile phones, tablets, computers, in short, the digital world has taken “social life” from the street and the garden and carried it into bedrooms and pockets.
Children affected by technological developments have forgotten their gaming habits while getting on-screen friends instead of their peers.
If children and young people don’t want to experience the old holiday rituals, “Where are those old holidays?” If not, that means we have a problem, not them.
Perhaps we did not know how to tell the children and young people of today what we experienced in our childhood, which we still miss!
THERE WAS A BAYRAM NEWSPAPER
Ancient holiday rituals are not experienced and the “Bayram Newspaper” is not published on religious holidays instead of daily newspapers.
The Journalists Association of Turkey published its first issue with the Ramadan Feast newspaper on August 28, 1946 in order to maintain the Babıali tradition.
After 46 years, Zafer Mutlu, editor of the Sabah newspaper, said: “We will also be published on public holidays. It is complete nonsense that national newspapers are not published on Eid days…” He published the Sabah newspaper on June 11, 1992, the second day of Eid al-Adha.
Meanwhile, on January 21, 1993, the Constitutional Court struck down the 20th article of the Press Work Law 5953, which prohibits the publication of daily newspapers other than the Bayram newspaper during religious holidays, deeming it unconstitutional.
While the coverage of dailies was open, Bayram newspaper was last published on March 24, 1993 Ramadan, June 1, 1993 Kurban, March 13, 1994 Ramadan, May 21, 1994 Sacrifice, March 3, 1995 Ramadan, May 10, 1995 Eid- al-Adha, and the “Bayram Newspaper” period also ended.
As for the Bayram newspapers in Kocaeli;
Bayram newspaper was not published in Kocaeli due to the stubbornness and insistence of newspaper owners.
While the Bayram newspaper was not published, workers working in the newspapers were also looking for news.
The Kocaeli Journalists Association has previously published a newspaper which will be distributed during the January 16 ceremonies, the anniversaries of Press Pride Day.
The current administration published the “Bayram Journal” on the Feast of Sacrifice, which began on August 11, 2019.
But since daily newspapers were also published during the holiday, journalists could not take vacations.
I congratulate all my readers on the occasion of Eid Al-Ramadan with my wishes for health, peace and happiness.