Eid Candies Ramadan 7

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The holy month Ramadan ended yesterday, muslims broke their fast for the last time yesterday evening and today we are celebrating Eid (Ramadan Feast). After a month of fasting, people enjoy this feast with sweet foods. The feast lasts three days and these adays are officially holiday for people to spend time and celebrate the feast with their families.  The excitement of Eid starts at least one week before it comes. People do shopping to buy new clothes for themselves, but as you can guess the most excited ones are always children. Their parents buy new clothes and shoes for them to wear on Eid days and we call these “bayramlık” (clothes and shoes special for Eid). Even if they buy these weeks before the Eid, they don’t wear, but keep them in their gardrobes (or near their beds if they are so much excited) until the feast. It’s a lovely tradition for children to wear new and clean clothes during the feast. However, there are of course parents who can not afford new clothes and I can’t help thinking of them during these days. Some considerate people buy new clothes and give them to some poor children, but is that enough? I’m not sure. I wish clothes weren’t so important for these special days.

Besides the preperation of clothes, there is another preperation for Eid. Cleaning the house! When I say cleaning the house, I mean a real and complete cleaning. As they will have many guests during Eid days, women want to welcome their guests with a perfectly cleaned house. So women mop up everywhere, clean the windows, wash and iron the curtains, dust the cupboards and everywhere! We call this cleaning “Bayram Temizligi” (Eid Cleaning). After such a laborious cleaning, you may think that women start the feast so exhausted, but no, they are so strong that they don’t have any complaints about the other works waiting for them such as making a Turkish dessert and host their guests.

In fact, the celebration of the feast starts in the early morning. Fathers go to mosque to perform their ritual prayer called namaz and they take their sons with them. After namaz, people in mosque celebrate their Eid by shaking hands and wishing happy Eid to each other. Meanwhile, moms prepare a perfect breakfast with various boreks and newly brewed black tea. When fathers and sons return, they celebrate their Eid; mom and dad hug each other, children kiss their parents’ hands and put it on their forehead wishing happy Eid. Parents generally give some money to their children to make them happier, which is called “bayram harcligi” (Feast Allowance). Then they enjoy their breakfast and they feel that this breakfast has a different taste after a long fasting time.

After breakfast, their door bell starts to ring, they know it will ring many times today. A group of  children (even the small ones) are waiting with bags in their hands no matter they know the house owner or not. And the owner of the house treat them with colorful candies or chocolate. Children take one or two candies happily and put them in their bags. When the children of that house see them, they immediately grab a bag and join the group as they are looking forward to picking candies from neighbors. They all know that it’s much more enjoyable to keep the candies until they finish all houses. At the end, they open their bags and show how they have plenty of candies and eat them together.

Children turn back to their houses not so late as they know their grandparents are waiting for them, so when they return, without any loss of time, with their parents, they go to their grandparents. They kiss the hands of grandparents in Turkish style and guess what? They are rewarded once more with the feast allowance. Then, they don’t forget their beloved ones who are not with them any more. They go to the graveyard to visit departed family members there. They pray for them and leave some candies on the grave.

After these, on the way home, people make short visits to their neighbors one by one to celebrate their Eid. Turkish desserts such as baklava and kadayif are served accompanying with Turkish tea or Turkish coffee. And while they are leaving, mostly the child of the house is waiting for them near the door with a bowl of candies or chocolate in one hand and a bottle of lemon cologne in other hand. S/he first offers the candies to the leaving guests and then drops some lemon cologne into the waiting palms of these guests. That’s the Turkish way of sending guests during this Ramadan Feast. Some people may also offer candies and the cologne as a way of welcoming the guests. And surprisingly, some people offer these two both to welcome and to send their guests. And people shouldn’t refuse any of these offerings at any of their visits, they are thought to be so rude if they say ‘no’. Can you imagine how sweet we become after Eid?

Personally, I didn’t want to buy candies from stores and I wanted to make something special for this Eid as I thought it would be more valuable for guests and especially for children. I made these natural candies from dates yesterday and as I understand from the eyes of children at my door, they loved it! And when their parents saw these home made candies, even they asked for the second one. I think I should have done more of these.

Ingredients
–    20 dates
–    ½ cup pounded almond
–    2 tbsp orange juice
–    1 orange zest, chopped in very small cubes

To coat the date candies
–    A handful of  pounded pistachio
–    A handful of crumbled hazelnuts
–    A handful of chocolate chips

Pit the dates and put them in a mini chopper and chope them a few times. Then add orange juice to help them to have a right consistency. When it become like a date dough, take it to a bowl. Add pounded almon and chopped orange zest and combine them very well with your hands. Then take a walnut size piece, roll it in your palms, give it a ball shape and coat it with pistachio or hazelnut or chocolate chips. I used all of them to make my Eid candies more colorful.

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Comments

  1. Soma says

    Happy Eid to you & your family ! this is a wonderful recipe… I should give this a try soon. fairly easy to make to & loaded with nutrition.

  2. says

    Eid Mubarak! Your candies are lovely and look delicious (I love all the toppings). They remind me of truffle candy!

  3. Erkin says

    Zerrin, these candies look so tasty. However, I’m sure they’ll become more delightful if they’re accompanied by a few shots of fruit liqueur. Drinking liqueur on Bayram days with coffee or candies is also a tradition in Turkish culture.
    Thank you for the recipe.

  4. says

    Thanks for sharing your traditions, Zerrin. I bet these are delicious! I really love dates – they are like candy all on their own.

  5. says

    This is what blogging should be about, sharing information, cultural exchange. I found this article so enjoyable and I suscribe because I cannot wait to see what you come up with in the future. Those home made candies are beautiful. Things are always better home made

  6. says

    Eid Mubarak!

    The tradition is almost the same as here in Indonesia :)

    The candies look so good! Do people also make and provide Turkish Delights? I really love eating Turkish Delights, too bad, can’t find it here in Indonesia.

  7. says

    These look so cute and so mouth-watering. Gosh…sounds like so easy to make. A good item for parties. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. says

    Oh those look soooo good and what a fun celebration for the kids!

    P.S. Thanks for the kind words on my post! :)

  9. says

    Eid moubarak I wish you the best & to all the muslims around the world
    we have got the same tradition for celebrating the day of eid in Morocco too, & I think it’s the same for all muslims because it’s an important day, I like your pastry, it’s simple & it looks so delicious. I had spent one week to make the pastry for eid, & as you said, we are never tired, it’s strange no?
    Happy feast to you, to your family & to turkish people
    Touria

  10. says

    These Eid Candies sound wonderful. I love dates.
    When we were younger, we were not wealthy, and in fact had little money. We got two new dresses a year, one right before Christmas, and one right before Easter. Then we wore them until we grew out of them – which for me was very quickly. Unfortunately for my younger sisters, I was much taller and it took them a long time to grow out of my hand-me downs. However, they also got two new dresses every year.

  11. says

    Thepinkpeppercorn- Thank you! I loved them, too.

    Faith- I think the toppings made them cute for the kids. And wish you happy Eid!

    Erkin- Thank you millions! As a Turkish friend, you contributed a great info here about our culture. In some of our regions, Turkish coffee and liqueur are the best companions on special days such as feasts. One sip of water to prepare the mouth for the flavor of coffee, then a sip of coffee and a sip of liqueur is the usual procedure of this enjoyment. And if you want to double your pleasure, you’ll need Turkish delights besides these.

    Jenn- So can we say all the feasts are for kids? Great to see happier kids everywhere.

    Soma- It so easy that even a child can do it. And the result is great!

    Reeni- As you say, dates can be considered as natural candies, I just added some more flavors to them in these candies. I love them in any version!

    Taymer- I’m so honored you loved this post. I enjoy telling these cultural stories here and believe or not, I’m in a permanent observation in my life not to forget mentioning any cultural detail. You know, it is sometimes hard to realize events in your culture as you are a part of it. My friends sometimes remind me of some cultural events here. I love talking about any culture. And thank you for subscribing. Hope you love my future posts.

    Selba- Wish you happy Eid! Of course, we serve Turkish delights! How did I forget to mention it here. Thank you for reminding. People do not make it at home, they buy different kinds of it and generally serve it with Turkish coffee on these feast days.

    MaryMoh- These are absolutely perfect to surprise your guests at parties.

    Gina- Kids are the lucky ones at this feast. And I’m so happy they loved these.

    Gera- And the best is that you can differentiate all the flavors in it although they are well combined.

    Jouhayna- Wish you and all people in Morocco a happy Eid, too. Your cuisine always takes my attention. And I’m sure your Eid pastries are wonderful and a week is worth when it’s an Eid pastry.

    Lisa- I can make these at New Year’s night to serve my guests. Thanks for the idea:)

    Diana- Most of us had experiences similar to yours. Besides, my parents would always buy a bigger size than my actual size. I would always wish to grow quicly to fit in those cloths.

  12. Velva says

    A good Turkish cup of coffee and a few of your delicious candies would all that I need to make for a very happy afternoon.

    Thank you for sharing your culture and your wonderful holiday with us.

  13. says

    These confections look absolutely delightful! I’ve never heard of the tradition of kids going door-to-door for candy before. We could never get away with giving homemade candy at Halloween :\

    Happy Eid!

  14. Cam says

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I made these recently after seeing your post, and they’re delicious! I can’t believe how easy they are to make. :)

  15. OysterCulture says

    I love this post, what a special day. I love the reasons behind all the activity. These date goodies look incredible. My husband loves dates and to serve them in this way would be extra special.

  16. muslim says

    I just want to make sure that I did not misunderstand you guys
    You are muslim right?
    Don’t you know that liqueur is forbidden in our religion !!!
    As a matter of fact it is considered a very bin sin so how can it be a custom?

  17. Erkin says

    Muslim, Turkey is not a country dominated by religious beliefs. We have some customs coming from Islam which have become a part of Turkish culture, yet we also belong to Anatolia where has been the cradle of civilisations and Islamic and Arabic culture makes up only a little part of our culture.
    Our ancestors in Middle Asia used to drink kımız(an alcoholic drink made of horse milk)on special days, and many people in our country enjoy serving and being served liqueur on Bayrams.

  18. says

    Hey Zerrin, a chef friend of mine was just looking at this. He loves them and says they make these in North Africa too for the kids during the month of Ramadan. I’m going to bookmark this, so I can make them this year!

  19. gourmande42 says

    I’ve just discovered your recipes and I enjoy them very much, but I’ve got a probleme how to translate them, it’s easier for me to read recipes in french. I Know that practising more you practice a language the more you know it but cooking need to understand every thing well.
    Thank you for your answer.

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