Fatih Municipality continues to bring the tradition of “Baklava Regiment”, which was started in the period of Suleiman the Magnificent to the public.
The third of the ‘Baklava Regiment’, which is one of the most important traditions of the Ottoman period, took place in Sultanahmet Square with the participation of Mustafa Demir, Mayor of Fatih.
Baklava was offered to citizens and tourists in the event of “Baklava Regiment” organized specially for Ramazan in Sultanahmet. In the event in which a janissary band of 60 people gave a concert, 20 janissaries and 80 military officers wearing the clothes of their period also portrayed the historical personalities, then 20,000 boxes of baklava were served to the public and tourists in the tables set in certain places of the Blue Mosque.
In the event, the third of which has been organized in this year, the janissaries walking out the door of Topkapı Palace in company with the janissary band took a walk towards Horse Square with baklava tray in their hands. The walk that started in front of the IIIrd Ahmet Fountain was completed on the platform established at the German Fountain in front of the Horse Square.
The team who gathered on the stage set in the square offered 20,000 slices of baklava to the citizens. The event, which started with the presentation of the historian Talha Ugurluel’s baklava regiment, continued with the walking of the baklava regiment to the square and protocol speeches. In the event that attracted great interest by the citizens, baklava was offered on stands established at 6 different points in Sultanahmet Square. Citizens who recorded Baklava Regiment in their cell phones watched the historical animation with admiration.
Mayor of Fatih Mustafa Demir made statements after the performance of the Baklava Regiment and said, “Today, we have realized the Baklava Regiment, which was held on the 15th day of each Ramadan from the beginning of the 18th century until 1826, namely until the abolition of guild of janissaries, in the Ottoman period, along with the whole applications of that day. At those times, padishah was organizing such a regiment to send these baklava made in the palace to the janissary regiments with his armourers. Today, we have revived this tradition, which was abolished in 1826 and has sunk into oblivion, together with its rituals. We have also tried to organize it in the 15th of Ramadan. Indeed, Fatih comes to mind we you say Ramadan, Istanbul and Anatolia. Because here is the place where all the selatan mosques are located, hırka-i Şerif is here, Hırka-i Saadet is here, and all the mosques built in the name of the sultans are here, most importantly Sultan Ahmet which is accepted as the cradle of civilization is here. Here, in this square, we have done the same as how it was organized in the history”.