Turkish celebrations – Strange but true in Istanbul

There are many things I love about my life in Istanbul, in particular the way the locals prepare for traditional Turkish celebrations. Whether the special event is a wedding, Christmas, New Year’s Eve or Ramazan, they approach it in their own truly unique style. Here are some photos I’ve taken over the years that give you an idea of what I mean.

Would you like some goats with that?And the winning fashion styles in Turkey for weddings this summer are Angora wool straight from the goat or ivory silk. Hmm, tough choice!

Add a bit of festive cheer to your Turkey!And if the decorations on your tree aren’t enough over Christmas, pick up a tinsel wrapped turkey for your New Year’s Eve festivities.

Why not try some helva on a doner stand?Don’t worry if you don’t have much time for your evening iftar meal during Ramazan. Pop over to Sultanahmet where you can combine your main course with a sweet – just have a serving of Pide Arasi Helva Doneri (Helva on a horizontal spit served between bread).

If you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Turkish celebrations, and would like to learn more about life in this crazy wonderful city, buy a copy of my book Inside Out In Istanbul: Making Sense of the City today.

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About Goreme1990

I’m Lisa Morrow, the person behind www.insideoutinistanbul.com. I was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up a leafy middle class North Shore suburb. After finishing high school I went to Sydney University but failed to find my niche. After working as a public servant, cleaner, sales assistant, waitress, bar maid and car counter, I went overseas. Once there I hitchhiked through the UK, travelled in Europe and arrived in Turkey just as the Gulf War was starting. My three months stay in the small central Anatolian village of Göreme changed my life. On my return to Australia I earned a BA Honours Degree in Sociology from Macquarie University. An academic career beckoned but the call to travel was louder. After several false starts I moved to Turkey and lived there for ten years. In 2017 I moved to Lisbon, Portugal, but continue to travel regularly to Istanbul. In addition to my blog I've written a travel narrative memoir called "Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul" and two collections of essays, "Inside Out In Istanbul: Making Sense of the City" and "Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries". I have a regular segment on San Francisco Turkish radio and in early 2017 I released an audio walking tour called "Stepping back through Chalcedon: Kadikoy Walk", through VoiceMap. In addition I write for various international and Australian magazines and websites, as well as for this blog. A full list of my published articles, with links, can be found on the Writing on Turkey and Writing Beyond Turkey pages.
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