Turks celebrate Eid holidays, flock to resort towns

ISTANBUL

Turkey celebrates the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage and the second most important religious holiday after Eid al-Fitr.

For the second year in a row, millions of people across Turkey are celebrating the holidays in the shadow of the pandemic, but with lighter protective measures compared to last year.

After the Eid rituals, people will religiously slaughter sheep and cattle on this day to share the meat among family members and serve it to the poor. Usually people practice religious slaughter in slaughterhouses or spaces allocated by municipal governments.

However, many people, who will not celebrate the holiday with traditional methods, have planned to flock to the resorts during the Eid holidays, which have been extended to nine days by decision of the Turkish authorities.

Millions of Turks have already taken the road to stop in the coastal provinces to enjoy the sunny weather, the beach and the sea during the holiday period.

It seems that there are no more empty hotel rooms in the resorts of the northern Aegean Sea, especially on the Aegean island of Bozcaada. More so, the situation has led to the sale of rooms on the black market, making it almost impossible to find a room cheaper than 1,000 Turkish Liras ($ 116) per night.

Prices have also increased nearly three times over last year due to growing crowds in restaurants, cafes and other tourist facilities.

As dozens of people flock to the beaches, it has become difficult to find deckchairs and umbrellas on the beaches, with prices going up to 70 lire. [$10] for a day’s rent this year.

Another notable factor is that there is no place to pitch tents in the camping areas of the island, and ferry services take place with great intensity.

Additionally, large numbers of local tourists have also been spotted along the sandy coastlines of other resorts in the Aegean region, relaxing and having a picnic with their family members.

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