At sunset, call for prayer and a cannon boom, fasting observers immediately sit down for iftar, their first meal of the day.
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It was first practiced by the Prophet Muhammad during the advent of Islam, for that purpose.
Travellers are welcome to join, but do not take advantage of it during the entire fasting period, just because it is free of charge.
However, interpretation of it varies vastly across the country: many people in northwestern and western coasts are fairly liberal about the religion (being nominal Muslims sometimes to the point of being irreligious), while folk of the central steppes are far more conservative (don't expect to find a Saudi Arabia or an Afghanistan even there, though).
The rest of the country falls somewhere in between, with the coastal regions being relatively liberal while inland regions are relatively conservative as a general rule.
Ramadan (Ramazan in Turkish) is a month long time of fasting, prayer and celebration during which pious Muslims neither drink nor eat anything, even water, from sun up to sun down.
Businesses, banks and official places are not closed during this time.
Immediately following Ramazan is the Eid-ul Fitr, or the three-day national holiday of Ramazan Bayramı, also called Şeker Bayramı (i.e.
"Sugar" or more precisely "Candy Festival") during which banks, offices and businesses are closed and travel will be heavy.
During Ramadan, many city councils set up tent-like structures in the major squares of the cities that are especially aimed and served for the needy, for those in poverty or who are elderly or handicapped, and are also served for passers by, with warm meals during the sunset (iftar), free of charge (much like soup kitchens, instead serving full meals).
Iftar is a form of charity that is very rewarding especially when feeding someone who is needy.
There is evidence that the bed of the Black Sea was once an inhabited plain, before it was flooded in prehistoric times by rising sea levels.