Regaip Kandili – the Night of Wishes

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The word regaip means wanting or desiring so Regaip Kandili is commonly referred to as the Night of Wishes. On this night believers say Allah opens up the doors of mercy. Followers seeking his forgiveness and kindness mark the occurrence with special prayers. Believers seeking to repent from their sins will also fast on this day and during the month in which it falls, known as the Month of Repentance.

Special simits being sold on Regaip Kandili

The importance of Regaip Kandili

Regaip Kandili is a night full of blessings, taking place on a Thursday which is linked to Friday, the Muslim holy day. In some explanations it’s said the angels declare this holy night, but its true importance is because it signals the start of three sacred months in Islam. These include various specific holy days and the major month of fasting and reflecting known as Ramazan.

Learn about the other kandil in the Muslim calendar in my post here, and find out more about Turkish culture and traditions in my book Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries.


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For FLIGHTS I like to use

Don’t pay extra for an E-VISA. Here’s my post on everything to know before you take off.

However E-SIM are the way to go to stay connected with a local phone number and mobile data on the go. Airalo is easy to use and affordable.

Even if I never claim on it, I always take out TRAVEL INSURANCE. I recommend Visitors Coverage.

I’m a big advocate of public transport, but know it’s not suitable for everyone all the time. When I need to be picked up from or get to Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport, I use one of these GetYourGuide website AIRPORT TRANSFERS.

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CITY TOURS & DAY TRIPS: Let me guide you around Kadikoy with my audio walking tour Stepping back through Chalcedon or venture further afield with my bespoke guidebook Istanbul 50 Unsung Places. I know you’ll love visiting the lesser-known sites I’ve included. It’s based on using public transport as much as possible so you won’t be adding too much to your carbon footprint. Then read about what you’ve seen and experienced in my three essay collections and memoir about moving to Istanbul permanently.

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However you travel, stay safe and have fun! Iyi yolculuklar.

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