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Turkish island gathers Muslims and Christians for iftar

16th Jul 2015
Turkish island gathers Muslims and Christians for iftar

 

 

CANAKKALE, Turkey (AA): Muslim and Christian Turkish citizens have gathered on Turkey’s Aegean Sea island of Gokceada on Wednesday for an iftar (breaking of fast) meal.

The iftar, organized by the Gokceada Municipality was attended by around 3,000 people  who were treated to a concert and a performance by Sufi whirling dervishes.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Gokceada District Governor Muhittin Gurel described Gokceada as a place where different cultures live together.

“We are together here, which we consider to be the privilege of Gokceada. It is not a unity limited to tonight’s iftar but one that you can observe in all phases of societall life on the island,” he said.

Gurel pointed out that mutual tolerance was the key to unity on the island, which has been inhabited by both Muslim Turks and Christians of Greek origin for centuries.

Gokceada District mayor Unal Cetin, Gokceada Metropolitan Bishop Krilyos Yorgi Dragun were also present at the iftar meal.

Author: Feyza Süsal
[Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L2) breaks his fast with workers of the construction site of the 3rd Bosphorus Bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge) in Ramadan in Istanbul, Turkey on July 9, 2015.Photogrpaher: Berk Özkan/Anadolu Agency]

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