Eid in the Ottoman Era
In the Ottoman Empire, the Eid would begin with the arrival of the sultan at the mosque. After the prayers, the sultan would return to the palace and greet his family members, starting by kissing the mother’s hand. After the celebration of the eid, the sultan would treat the children by giving them money with beautifully embroidered pouches.
Ramadan had a significant importance in Ottoman times. The society would consider giving iftar as a very important religious service and welcomed guests eagerly. For this reason, the doors of their homes would be open, so that people in need at that time could enter their house and join the iftar. The households would never ask who the guest was.
Doorknobs in the Ottoman Empire
Even doorknobs in the Ottoman gates used to represent the cultural beliefs and views of society. The Ottoman people viewed life from a “halal” and “haram” perspective. The doorknobs also reflected this sensitivity. One of the doorknobs, which used to be intertwined, or overlapped, would make a deep sound and the other would make a high pitched sound. Male guests used the doorknob that made a deep sound and female guests used the other one so that the hosts would be able to know about the identity of the guest and open the door accordingly.
One end of the ropes of sky lanterns was tied to the minarets and the other to a high place in the courtyard of a mosque. After the tarawih, as the audience gathered in the courtyard of the mosque, the person in charge of the kites would release the ropes and kites would fly, creating a beautiful scene. Besides, the audience would put sweets on one side of the candle box to send gifts to the person releasing the kites.
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