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Girne Mayor Nidai Güngördü made a visit to Girne Open Market before the 30th of August Victory and Feast of the Sacrifice (Kurban Bayram) celebrations and chatted with the citizens and tradespeople.
Mayor Güngördü wished that future festivals will bring happiness, peace, health and success to all and distributed sweets as is the custom to all those he met.
By Ralph Kratzer
On Kurban Bayram, in the Muslim world also known as Eid al-Adha or Bakr-Eid, which literally means “Sacrifice Feast”, it is customary to slaughter a sacrificial animal and to give a third of it to the poor and needy.
The Turk Riders Chopper Club North Cyprus, a motorcycle club that was founded at the end of 2014 as a Chapter of TRCC Turkey – a large association of motorcycle friends in Europe and the US – took the occasion to visit destitute families in Lefke and surroundings with food donations in order to give them some joy for the approaching holidays.
The action was initiated by Leman Soyukasap, a socially engaged and motorcycle enthusiastic young lady from Lefkosa.
Last Sunday, members of the club made their way to 8 poor families to help with prepared food parcels.
A socially committed helper on site had already identified the most needy people and received the group of motorcyclists in the centre of Lefke.
Together the individual families were visited one by one, and the donations were handed over.
The unexpected help caused great pleasure among the surprised recipients and the donors learnt their lesson of the day, that it not only brings joy to give, but that all of us who live on the sunny side of life, should be happy and grateful, because our worries and problems are – compared to other fellow human beings – mostly minimal.
By the way, the maxim of the Turk Riders CC reads BIRIMIZ HEPIMIZ (ONE FOR ALL)!
Editor´s note: For reasons of protection of privacy the publication of names and pictures of the needy is deliberately avoided.
The Turk Riders CC North Cyprus public Facebook site can be visited by clicking here.
SOS Children’s Village has launched its Kurban Bayram (Greater Eid) campaign, calling on donations during the month of Kurban to support its family based care and advocacy work.
With the slogan, ‘Make Them Smile This Bayram’, SOS Children’s Village appeals for help from the public to help give children who have lost family care a warm loving family home, and a chance to grow up as a healthy and happy adult.
As well as providing children with a loving home and family based care, SOS Children’s Village also aims to prevent the separation of children from their biological parents and increase their quality of life with the Prevention of Child Abandonment and Family Strengthening Project. These projects can only be possible with the support of the public.
SOS Children’s Village National Director Refika İnce, said:
“The best thing we can do to make children happy is to create an example by social solidarity and helping each other.
“To this end, this time of love and togetherness during the Bayram period provides a great opportunity to create such an example.
“By making a donation to SOS Children’s Village during Kurban Bayram we can reinforce those feelings of love and sharing and make our children happy,” she said, adding the smallest donation can go a long way towards changing a child’s life.
Today, SOS Children’s Village currently gives family based care and family strengthening services to 262 children, thanks to its on-going programmes.
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All government and semi-government offices and schools – with the exception of essential services – will be kept closed throughout Bayram allowing public servants to enjoy a 4 day holiday which will end on Wednesday.
Bayram began this morning with prayers at mosques throughout the country.
The Salat-al-Eid or the morning holiday prayer was broadcast live on BRT from the Selemiye Mosque in the capital Lefkoşa.
While state offices and semi government offices will be closed during the holiday, the police department, municipalities and emergency services will be operational throughout the Bayram holiday to ensure citizens safety.
On the first day of the Feast of Sacrifice holiday the Presidency, the Cyprus Turkish Peace Forces and some political parties have received well wishers in the morning.
Meanwhile the Meteorology department has announced that the weather throughout the 4 day Kurban Bayram holiday will be sunny and settled.
The English news department will be closed throughout the Bayram holiday with bulletins and programs resuming on Wednesday, the 8th of October.
Source: BRT World News