Celebrations in Turkey That You Should be a Part Of
Turkey is considered as one of the world’s best holiday destinations. The country has plenty to offer, from fascinating historical sights to stunning natural wonders to adrenaline-inducing activities. Travellers can sample the mouthwatering, world-class cuisine that can delight even those who have extremely discriminating tastes.
But these are just the icing of the cake. The actual cake involves experiencing first-hand the unique culture of Turkey. And there’s no better way than to celebrate the delightful, informative, and immersive festivals of Turkey along with the locals.
Even though we are at the twilight of 2014, it’s never too late to celebrate the biggest and best Turkish holidays and festivals. Book your plane ticket now, head to Turkey, and experience how Turks celebrate history, culture, art, music, and life.
International Istanbul Biennial
If you are an art lover, then you should come over during the International Istanbul Biennial during September. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, it is the biggest and most well-attended contemporary art exhibit in the country. Marvel at the innovative exhibitions, intricate paintings, spectacular sculptures, and other mind-blowing works of art from artists all over the world. All these works are displayed in equally extraordinary and unique venues such as centuries-old warehouses, churches, synagogues, and ferries.
The Bayram signals the end of Ramadan month in September. Muslims celebrate as they feast to give thanks to the year’s blessings. If you visit Turkey with your kids, then your little ones are in a real treat because Ramadan Bayram is a holiday of presents and sweets.
Republic Day is a Turkish National holiday which celebrates the country’s declaration of independence signed in 1923. Be there as the city of Istanbul erupts in parades, speeches, concerts, drinking sessions, fun, and laughter. At night, look at the sky to see spectacular shows of lasers and fireworks. This is one wild and fun-filled celebration that you should definitely experience first-hand.
Ataturk’s Death Anniversary
November 10 is a special day as the country celebrates the death of the founder of Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Everyday life in Turkey comes to grinding halt at 9:05 AM when locals pay their respects to the founder. Car horns all over the city beep for a few seconds. Everywhere around Turkey, museums, exhibition halls, and galleries showcase folk art, songs, dances, and speeches that vibrantly display the country’s unique culture and heritage.
Kurban Bayrami celebrates Abraham’s absolute obedience to Allah. The celebration consists of four days of feasting on traditional Turkish cuisine. Thus, this is a celebration for chefs, wine tasters, food critiques, food bloggers, and anyone who wants to satisfy their palate. Similar to Christmas in Western countries, Kurban Bayram is also an occasion where loved ones and friends get together, exchange gifts, and enjoy each other’s company.
Turkey has much more to offer than just sights and activities. Experiencing these celebrations should be a part of your itinerary to truly enjoy your holidays in Turkey.