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Traditions You Should Know
About Turkish Culture

Turkish culture is a rich and wide-ranging culture at the tradition that prevails in interactive relation with Anatolian, Eastern Mediterranean, Central Asian and Islamic cultures. Tradition and attitude patterns that were created during the Seljuk and Ottoman periods are also often be continued.

 

Turkey is a beautiful country with a historic past, rich culture and traditions combined with magnificent nature. Turkish culture attracts millions of tourists and visitors coming from foreign countries each year.

 

 

Turkish culture started to improve by the movement of People from the tent settlement to city life and turned to the city culture. Also converted from wooden homes to apartments and modern housing projects.

 

 The house culture, which has been turned from rug to modern carpet, cedar to furniture, from wooden style windows to PVC windows in house decoration, has been transformed from major crowded families to small families. Although western garment is widespread in current Turkish culture, the previous dressing culture is continued.

 

The heating system is also placed from the furnace and barbecue system to the central heating and natural gas system. In modern Turkish culture some cultures moved to new options; from Turkish Hammam to the sauna; from washing the clothes by hand to the washing machine; the culture of cleaning and health has developed from telework to refrigerator.

 

The culture of food is meat-based, and herbs and spices, milk, bread, honey, fish, eggs, and yogurt are basic foods.

 

 

Thousands of foreigners and Tourists coming to live or work in Turkey. There is amazing and interesting Turkish culture, of course, you will encounter during your trip to Turkey.

 

 

 

Turkish Culture Marriage

 

Turkish culture marriage is full of traditions. Despite the fact, that day by day modern couples is not applying all of them and try to break some of them, more or fewer traditions in various points of the world form the way the day opens out.

 

If you are aiming to marry in Turkey, particularly if your spouse is a Turk, you are so lucky and you will have an attractive and joyful marriage with Turkish culture.

 

In Turkish culture, weddings have a great tradition to write names on shoe soles. The names of the bride's close friends and close relatives but usually only friend's name is written in the sole of shoes.

 

 

 

This is the most common tradition in Turkish culture marriages. The untraditional maid of the honor line up to write their names under the shoes of the bride. It is similar to the act of throwing a bouquet.

 

If anyone's name is deleted naturally at the end of the marriage, she will get married first and soon. That is why, each maid of honor tries to write her name at a point, which is likely to touch the floor and be most exposed to rubbing.

 

In former times, marriage in Turkish culture which happened in villages was famous to be celebrated by someone playing drums and horns and some traditional musical instruments.

This tradition is still famous in great cities, usually on demand from the couple's parents, as a way to inform their daughter's marriage to their relatives and friends.

 

 This booming music draws everyone's attention, and many run through their windows or terraces to see who's going to marry, and some of the people join the rhythm-dancing crowd.

 

Fascinating Aspects of Turkish Culture

 

The Culture of Breakfast

 

 

Breakfast is an important meal made in all countries around the world, but it is impossible to encounter a rich breakfast as a Turkish breakfast called Kahvalti. Breakfast is an important meal in Turkish culture.

 

Breakfast is a melding of the words coffee and before. Due to the dense flavor of Turkish coffee, you are supposed to eat something before drinking Turkish coffee on an empty stomach. So the word “Kahvealti” has the meaning of before coffee in Turkish culture.

 

In many countries of the world, breakfast is known as a routine necessity to begin the day. Also, in Turkey breakfast is a very popular meal that provides a warm environment and brings family and friends together.

 

Breakfast table in Turkish culture includes cucumber, tomato, pickled olives, eggs and omelets, sausage, various cheeses and fresh bread, bagel and pastries as well as breakfast is not perfect without freshly made tea.

 

 

Turkish Tea

 

 

One of the common Turkish cultures is to drink tea on breakfast, family visits, official meetings, the carpet, or ferry trips while touring the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. It is impossible to imagine this Turkey without tea.

 

Tea is a famous beverage in Turkish Culture. When you visit small villages and towns in historic regions of Istanbul or Turkey, be prepared to drink several glasses of black tea every day.

 

Tea is a famous beverage that rouses the Turks from sleep in the morning and gathers them with their family and friends late at night. When Turks ask for a tea, it is desired to be in the color of “rabbit blood” and can be drunk with or without sugar.

 

In Turkish culture, while visiting a Turkish family, the house owner offers a freshly brewed glass of tea. Besides, it is known as a sign of hospitality, welcoming and friendship in Turkish culture.

 

 Generally, a small and tin glass is used, these glasses are used as a unit of measure in a set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required. Passing through cafes on the street, you can hear the tingling voice of teaspoons in tea glasses.

 

 

Turkish Coffee

 

 

One of the other famous beverages in Turkish Culture is Turkish coffee. Turkish coffee, manufactured from finely ground Arabica beans, has won global fame with its intense taste, unique preparation and great serving methods.

 

Turkish coffee, which is consumed after meals are usually drunk after breakfast, also has an important role in engagement and marriage cultures.

 

 In the ancient period, before the marriage, when requesting the potential bride's hand for engagement, a girl was assessed in terms of their ability to prepare Turkish coffee. This is an interesting Turkish culture that is preserved and progresses to the present.

 

Even nowadays as one of the Turkish cultures, Turkish coffee is prepared by the bride candidate during the girl requesting a ceremony. Since the 16th century, coffee shops where coffees were prepared and drunk, also, it was the place where shadow games such as Karagoz and Hacivat, the oral culture of the Ottoman Empire extended, were exhibited.

 

 

 At present, coffee shops are famous as a place where people come together to socialize, talk about politics and condition of the country and drink tea or coffee and play backgammon tournaments and different card games.

 

 

Evil Eye Talisman

 

 

The evil eye talisman made of glass and blue eye-shaped beads is traditionally used in Turkey. In Turkish culture, there is a belief that the evil eye talisman protects them from bad and jealous glances and can help forbids negative accidents.

 

The evil eye old wives' tale comes from old times and is accessible in most cultures all around the world especially in Turkish culture. Anywhere you visit in Turkey you will see the evil eye talisman, the owner of a home, or a car's rearview mirror hung it everywhere to preserve from negative energy from others or jealous glances.

 

 

Turkish Bath or Turkish Hammam

 

The special baths belonging to the ancient Romans become prominent as great places where women socialize and interact as a method of hygiene, bath and relaxation in the Turkish culture. Turkish bath concentrated on hot and cold water instead of steam.

 

All the women scrubbed with abundant of soap bubbles, dead skin is poured and body massage is performed on-demand, especially in tourist baths.

 

The Cemberlitas Turkish Bath established t by the famous architect Sinan in 1584 is aforethought a classic bath (Hammam), which is very popular. Some scenes of actor Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner" were shot here.

 

 

Doner-Kebab a Turkish Kebab

 

 

Turkish doner kebab or doner is famous in Turkish culture and all around the world which can be found almost everywhere in Europe. Surely, the components and sauces are prepared according to the demand and taste of the local people.

 

Arabian people, who mostly prepare it under various names for example in Istanbul, they call it Savarma nowadays. At first, the meat consumed for doner kebab is well-known as lamb.

 

At present, doner kebab is occasionally prepared from a blend of lamb and beef in Istanbul and generally, it is cooked from beef and chicken meat.

 

One of the well-known Ottoman wanderers Evliya Celebi, who was situated here in the 17th century, prepared the kebab as a lump of horizontal meat. It is famous in Turkish culture that İskender Efendi from Bursa served the doner kebab in various types by preparing a vertical grill and thin slices in the 1860s. Besides, the Doner Kebab is also made as Doner Wrap and Iskender Kebab.

 

 

Nasreddin Hodja / Turkish Culture

 

 

Nasreddin Hodja and his interesting stories are very famous in Turkish culture. The whole world and people in Turkey know Nasreddin Hodja and his wife, and his funny stories.

 

His interesting stories outspread from the Balkans to Persian, Arabian and African cultures, China and India along the Silk Road and from all around the world.

 

Nasreddin Hodja's stories and fairy tale, a perfect and funny personality in Turkish folklore, frequently consists of spiritual lessons or folk wisdom.

 

Nasreddin Hodja had a good sense of whimsicality and the ability to carry off symbolic funny messages by telling a story and is also well-known for his strange ability to highlight social problems using humor. In Turkish culture each year the International Nasreddin Hodja Festival is held between 5-10 July.

 

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