Turkish celebrations – Strange but true in Istanbul

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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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