Some Cultural Tips for Turkey Visitors

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My native country, Republic of Turkey, is a fascinating, mystic and beautiful place. This magnificent place, Turkey, is the only secular Islamic country in the world,since it was established in 1923. My first tip for Turkey visitors is, don`t be surprised hearing the Islamic prayer call, the Ezan, five times a day, from the mosques. Enjoy this mystic prayer!

My second tip is related to Istanbul city. Istanbul is the only city in the world, which is located in two continents at the same time. The Boshporus Bridge is connecting Asia and Europe in Istanbul. This unique city, Istanbul is visited by over 30 million tourists every year. Don’t forget to cross the Boshporus Bridge.

Vastly important some more tips are The world`s oldest city, Urfa is located in Turkey. “The Oldest Temple in the World” is located in Urfa and this temple is the first symbol of human civilization. The House of Virgin Mary is also in Izmir, Turkey, Don’t forget to visit these historically and religiously remarkable places.

If I tell you that Santa Claus is form Turkey would you be surprised? It is shocking to many yet he was born and raised in Demre, Turkey.

 What about our famous food?

 Turkish menus are mostly based on meat. Especially, Turkish Kebab is the most famous Turkish dish. In Turkey, eating breakfast and dinner with the family members is a tradition. After seeing any routine Turkish breakfast or dinner menu for the first time, one could think that there is a very special celebration on that day.  It would not be overrating because Turkish menus are very rich and magnificent. Turkey is a very modern country and finding dishes from world cuisines is very easy yet I recommend visitors to eat local Turkish food. In fact, I recommend eating Turkish food with local people.

Don’t you want to hear your future from your coffee cup?

Globally famous, Turkish coffee has inestimable role in Turkish culture. We drink it at least a few times during the day. Some people can read the fortune from the coffee cup. It is very traditional and fun. Don’t forget to listen to your fortune in Turkey.

Moreover, when groom and his family go to the bride`s house to ask bride`s hand, serving Turkish coffee is a tradition. The bride adds some salt to groom`s coffee cup and we believe that if the groom is able to drink that salty coffee he can survive anything. It is a traditional way to understand groom`s patience and tolerance. Guys, you can fall in love with beautiful Turkish girls so be prepared to drink the salty coffee!

    Are you ready for the wedding?

 Turkish weddings are also quite colorful part of our culture. We celebrate the weddings for two days. Bride and    groom   receive many gifts, especially gold bracelets and other jewelry. In Turkey, we only give gold as a gift in order to support new couple financially. My new tip for visitors and potential candidates is we have special golden coins as a gift just for weddings. If you join any Turkish wedding buy a golden coin, it is the tradition.

 

Turkish culture is full of traditions. Turkish people are very kind and friendly. After seeing Turkish people`s generous hospitality I am sure that you will come back to Turkey over and over again. Didn’t you start packing yet?

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  1. Hello Ezgi. I really enjoyed reading your first blog. And I sure hope one day to visit your beautiful country. When I do I will take your suggestions. Eating Turkish food with a Turkey citizen is top on my list. Thanks for telling us about your homeland. I sure hope you upload some pictures in your next blog so that I and others can see a small piece of your country.

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