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Kandil Simidi is a traditional Turkish simit pastry, coated in sesame seeds. Only sold and enjoyed on Kandil days, the 5 holiest nights of the year. To announce these holy nights to the public, the minarets are lit up for all to see.

 

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The Islamic Calendar is calculated from the Moon’s rotation, so the dates of the holidays change each year.

The Five Holy Nights are:
Mevlid Kandili – The Birth of the Prophet Mohammad
Regaip Kandili – The Night of the Prophet Mohammad’s Conception
Miraç Kandili – The Prophet Mohammad’s Rising into Heaven
Berat Kandili – The Day of Forgiveness (of Sins)
Kadir Gecesi – The Korans first appearance to The Prophet Mohammad

 

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