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Bazaar Definition

a market (as in the Middle East) consisting of rows of shops or stalls selling miscellaneous goods (Wikipedia) - Bazaar
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A bazaar is a market: a permanent enclosed merchandising area, marketplace, or street of shops where goods and services are exchanged or sold. The term originates from the Middle Persian word vāzār;. Souq is another word used in the Middle East for an open-air marketplace or commercial quarter. The term bazaar is sometimes also used to refer to the "network of merchants, bankers, and craftsmen" who work in that area. Although the current meaning of the word is believed to have originated in native Zoroastrian Persia, its use has spread and now has been accepted into the vernacular in countries around the world. The rise of large bazaars and stock trading centers in the Muslim World allowed the creation of new capitals and eventually new empires. New and wealthy cities such as Isfahan, Golconda, Samarkand, Cairo, Baghdad, and Timbuktu were founded along trade routes and bazaars. Street markets and arcades are European and North American equivalents.


The term

Many languages have names for this concept, including Arabic and Urdu: بازار‎, Kurdish language has the same word bazaar meaning a marketplace. Albanian, Bosnian and Turkish: pazar, Bengali: বাজার,Oriya: ବଜାର ,Bulgarian and Macedonian: пазар, Cypriot Greek: pantopoula, Greek: παζάρι (pazari), Hindi: बाज़ार, Hungarian: vásár (term originates from Persian influence around the 7th-8th century and means a regular market, but special occasion markets also exist, such as Karácsonyi Vásár or "Christmas Market", and bazár or Oriental-style market or shop, the term stemming from Turkish influence around the 16th-17th century), Indonesian and Malay: pasar, Armenian: բազար, Georgian: ბაზარი, Polish: bazar, Russian: базар, Ukrainian: базар and Uzbek: bozor.

In North America, the United Kingdom and some other European countries, the term can be used as a synonym for a "rummage sale", to describe charity fundraising events held by churches or other community organizations in which either donated used goods (such as books, clothes, and household items) or new and handcrafted (or home-baked) goods are sold for low prices, as at a church or other organisation''s Christmas bazaar, for example.

Examples Australia
  • Ingleburn Bazaar (held annually during the Ingleburn Festival)
  • Shah Bazaar, Kandahar
  • Shor Bazaar, Kabul
  • Grand Bazaar, Herat
  • Mazari Bazaar, Mazari Sharif
  • Olander Bazaar, Yllib
  • Teze Bazar, Baku
  • 8 Kilometr Bazaar, Baku
  • Yashil Bazar, Baku
  • Yeni Bazar, Shaki, Azerbaijan
  • Bhairab Bazaar, Kishoreganj District
  • Badshahi Chawk Bazaar, Dhaka
  • Dasherjangal Bazaar, Shariatpur District
  • Kachukhet Bazaar, Dhaka
  • Karwan Bazaar, Dhaka
  • Kazir Dewri, Chittagong
  • Shanti Nagar Bazaar, Dhaka
  • New Market Kacha Bazaar, Dhaka
  • Malibagh Bazaar, Dhaka
  • Banani Bazaar, Dhaka
  • Khilkhet Kacha Bazaar, Dhaka
  • Mohakhali Bazaar, Dhaka
Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Baščaršija, Sarajevo
  • Kujundžiluk, Mostar
  • Grand Bazaar, Urumuqi, Xinjiang
  • Monday Bazaar, Upal, Xinjiang
  • Sunday Bazaar, Kashgar, Xinjiang
EgyptTwo Egyptian women shopping at a market next to the Al-Ghouri Complex in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Khan el-Khalili, Cairo
Hong Kong
  • Harbour City Bazaar
  • Petit Bazaar
  • Old City of Jerusalem - there are many Bazaars in the Christian, Muslim and Jewish Quarters. the Armenian one does not include Bazaar of its own.
  • Mahane Yehuda, Central Jerusalem
  • Old City of Acre Bazaar
  • Old City of Nazareth Bazaar
IndiaLaad Bazaar near Charminar, Hyderabad, India
  • Burra Bazar, Kolkata
  • Laad Bazaar, Hyderabad
  • Sultan Bazar, Hyderabad
  • Begum Bazar, Hyderabad
  • Shahran Bazaar, Hyderabad
  • Meena Bazaar, Delhi
  • Chawri Bazaar, Delhi
  • Khan Market, Delhi
  • Bhindi Bazaar, South Mumbai
  • Chandni Chowk,Delhi
  • Chor Bazaar, Mumbai
  • Zaveri Bazaar, Mumbai
  • Pondy Bazaar, Chennai
  • Palika Bazaar, Delhi
  • Burma Bazaar, Chennai
  • Sanjay Bazaar, Jaipur
  • Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur
  • Johari Bazaar, Jaipur
  • Nehru Bazaar, Jaipur
  • Sadar Bazaar, Agra
  • Gandhi Bazaar, Bengaluru
  • Gole Bazaar, Sambalpur
  • Bari Bazaar, Munger
  • Lalganja Bazaar, Uttar Pradesh
  • Chess Bazaar, Mohali, Punjab
Iran Kazakhstan
  • Kok Bazaar, Almaty
  • Central Bazaar, Aktobe
  • Souq Almubarikiyya
Kyrgyzstan FYRofMacedonia
  • Old Bazaar, Bitola
  • Old Bazaar, Prilep
  • Old Bazaar, Skopje
  • Old Bazaar, Tetovo
  • Anarkali Bazaar, Lahore
  • Dhak bazar, shikarpur sindh
  • Naulakha Bazaar, Lahore
  • Urdu Bazaar, Lahore
  • Mochi Gate Bazaars, Walled City of Lahore
  • Qissa Khawani Bazaar, Peshawar
  • Moti Bazaar, Rawalpindi
  • Chowk Bazaar, Multan
  • Urdu Bazaar, Multan
  • Urdu Bazaar, Rawalpindi
  • Urdu Bazaar, Sargodha
  • Raja Bazaar, Rawalpindi
  • Sarafa Bazaar, Rawalpindi
  • Shahi Bazaar, Hyderabad
  • Sarafa Bazaar, Hyderabad
  • Resham Bazaar, Hyderabad
Serbia (Sandžak)
  • New Bazar, Novi Pazar
Sri Lanka
  • Madawala Bazaar
  • Souq Al hamdi in Damascus
  • Souq atwail in Damascus
  • Souq Al buzria in Damascus
  • Mathaf Al sulimani in Damascus
  • Souq Al-Attareen (Perfumers'' Souq) in Aleppo
  • Souq Khan Al-Nahhaseen (Coopery Souq) in Aleppo
  • Souq Al-Haddadeen (Blacksmiths'' Souq) in Aleppo
  • Suq Al-Saboun (Soap Souq) in Aleppo
  • Suq Al-Atiq (the Old Souq) in Aleppo
  • Al-Suweiqa (Suweiqa means "small souq" in Arabic) in Aleppo
  • Suq Al-Hokedun (Hokedun means "spiritual house" in Armenian) in Aleppo
Turkmenistan Turkey
  • Arasta Bazaar, Istanbul
  • Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
  • Spice Bazaar, Istanbul
  • Kemeraltı, İzmir
  • Mahmutpaşa Bazaar, Istanbul
  • Silk Bazaar, Bursa
  • Uzun Carsi (The Long Bazaar), Bursa
  • Acik Carsi (The Openair Bazaar), Bursa
  • Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent
  • Siyob Bazaar, Samarkand
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