Raleigh : 10-26-2012
The local Turkish-American community in the Triangle area celebrated the Feast of the Sacrifice in a large and festive gathering in the Culbreth Middle School in Chapel Hill. The Feast of the Sacrifice is an important religious holiday celebrated by muslims worldwide to honor the willingness of the prophet Abraham to sacrifice his young first-born son Ishmael as an act of submission to God's command and his son's acceptance to being sacrificed, before God intervened to provide Abraham with a ram to sacrifice instead.
The celebration event was co-organized by the Divan Center of North Carolina and the Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies (IITS), and also sponsored by Harmony Mediterranean Market and Al Baraka Halal Market. The evening started with a traditional Feast meal of braised meat and rice pilaf. Children enjoyed the puppet show and the Karagoz and Hacivat show, a traditional Turkish shadow play, as well as all the presents handed out by Nasreddin Hoca, a 13th century Turkish satirical philosopher remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes. The highlight of the evening was the concert by Turgay Basyayla, a folk music star in Turkey, who is also well known for his travel show
on Samanyolu TV.