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  1. View this quiz Turkish Culture Quiz The culture of the Turks is one of the most interesting and enjoyable aspects of living in Turkey. Their customs, manners, foods and drinks, and also their quirks! You must be a member to take this quiz, since the scores are ranked by member name. Join us! Share this quiz with your friends on Facebook or other social sites by clicking on one of the share at the bottom of this page! Submitter Quizmaster Type Graded Mode Time 15 minutes Total Questions 30 Category Turkey Submitted 20/09/18  
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    The culture of the Turks is one of the most interesting and enjoyable aspects of living in Turkey. Their customs, manners, foods and drinks, and also their quirks! You must be a member to take this quiz, since the scores are ranked by member name. Join us! Share this quiz with your friends on Facebook or other social sites by clicking on one of the share at the bottom of this page!
  2. We are looking for an exciting guide to show us around Istanbul for a BBC show! You do not need experience as a tour guide but will need to have good English and be able to show us parts of the city that will awaken the senses. We want to experience the weird and wonderful side of Istanbul – nothing is out of bounds!! Please get in touch with [email protected] if you are interested, or if you know anyone that would fit the bill! I look forward to hearing from you! Freddie
  3. Every culture has its myths and superstitions. And many are quite amusing! These are superstitions from all over Turkey. Hey, all of us occasionally do or say something, "just for good luck." When's the last time you knocked on wood? Animals A rabbit passing in front of one's car is a bad omen. An owl singing atop a house brings death to the house. Crows flying around one's house is bad luck. If a bird's excrement falls on one's head, it is good luck. If one sees a flying stork, they will travel. If one sees a sitting stork, they will stay at home. A black cat crossing one's path brings bad luck. Seeing a black cat brings bad luck. If a cat looks toward Mecca and scratches its head with its front paw, it will rain. If a dog howls during the ezan (call to prayer), someone in the neighborhood will die. If a bird pecks at the window of a house, news will come. If bread or sugar is placed in a wound, then given to a dog before the morning call to prayer, the wound will heal. If one sees a snake on their way somewhere, they will have good luck. Birth, Babies, and Children One should not visit a woman, who has just given birth, at night. A newborn baby should not be washed on Friday. If a baby is kissed on the bottoms of their feet, they will walk early. If kissed on the lips, they will speak early. If a baby looks between their legs, someone will come home. If a baby clenches their fist, they will be stingy. Placing a pencil in the hand of a newborn child will insure they are happy and successful at school. Blowing into the mouth of a newborn baby will ensure the baby grows up with a cordial personality. If a child plays with fire, they will wet their bed. A child should not be left alone. But if one must, a broom should be placed next to the child. A Nazar Boncuğu (pictured above right) attached to a child will protect them from the evil eye. One should not jump over a child, or the child will be short. If one measures a baby's height, the baby will be short. A child's clothes should not be left outside after sunset, or the child will become bewitched by evil spirits. When a boy gets his first haircut, if the father should put the hair into his pocket, so the boy will prosper. A boy who drinks coffee will not grow facial hair. If a woman eats eggs during her pregnancy, her child will be naughty. Business and Prosperity The first money of the day received from a customer should be dropped to the floor of the shop, so, like a seed being planted, it will grow into more money. If one's left eye twitches, wealth will come. If one's right eye twitches, they will be healthy. If one's left palm itches, they will receive money. If their right palm itches, they will spend money. A woman should not pass in front of a man going to work, otherwise his business will not go well. Eating and Food Drinking a cow's milk after dark will cause the cow to be unable to produce any more milk. One should not eat a meal with one foot placed atop the other, since it is a sign of famine, and brings disrespect to the table. Bread should never be thrown away as waste or thrown on the ground, it should be eaten or set out for the birds. House, Household and Hospitality A broken mirror brings bad luck to a house for seven years. It can also mean that someone in the house will die. To prevent this, all pieces of the mirror should be buried immediately. One should not look into a mirror at night. Laundry should not be done on Tuesdays or Saturdays, because this will bring bad luck. One should not sweep one's house at night, because this will bring poverty. If someone in the neighborhood dies, water should be poured out of any vessel containing it. One should not sit on the threshold of a house, or they will bring bad luck to themselves. One should enter one's home, one's place of work, or a room with the right foot, to bring good luck. Boiling water for no reason brings bad luck. Scissors should be kept closed, otherwise there will be fighting in the house. Placing shoes or slippers upside down will cause someone in the house to die. Speaking while on the toilet brings bad luck. If wood burning in a stove makes a noise, then someone is gossiping about the resident. Throwing water on the ground behind a departing guest will insure their return. Nature An abundant harvest of quince means the coming winter will be long and cold. An abundance of cones on pine trees mean the winter will be long and cold. One should not count the stars. Personal Behavior One should always get out of bed on the right side, so the day will start well. One should not put on trousers while standing, since it is a sign of poverty. Hair in a comb should not be thrown in the street, since it may entangle the feet of a chicken, and cause one to have a headache. A red dress should never be worn when lightning is flashing. Knocking three times on wood wards off bad luck. After a marriage ceremony, when the groom enters a room for the first time, a glass should be broken. If one raises their right foot while taking an oath, the oath will be considered invalid. Whatever one says forty times will happen. If one refers to another as a pig, they will lose their appetite for forty days. Walking under a ladder brings bad luck. If one finds a four-leaf clover, they will have good luck. One should not cut their fingernails and toenails at the same time, or something good, as well as something bad, will happen to them. One should not cut one's nails at night, because it will shorten your life. Fingernails and toenails should not be dropped on the ground, or stepped on. One should not pass a sharp instrument or scissors directly to someone. Instead, they should set it down for the other person to pick up, or they will fight. If a young girl wears a married man's ring, she will have bad luck in her marriage. May 13th is an unlucky day, so it is better to stay home and do nothing. One should not chew gum at night, since it is the same as eating a the flesh of a dead body. Cracking one's knuckles is the same as counting prayer beads to Satan. If one plays with their foot at night, their mother or father will die. One should not look at their fingernails while a deceased person's body is being carried to the cemetery. One should not point at a graveyard. If one does, they should bite the finger and put it under their foot. One should not whistle at night, since this will attract the devil. One should not pass in front of a wedding car. If a prisoner wears the ring of a dead person, they will be released from prison soon. A man who passes between two women will not be able to make his wife obey him. If a woman with a headache enters a mosque and sweeps it with her scarf, her headache will go away. If one lights a cigarette with a candle, a sailor will die at sea. Sleeping and Dreams If one sleeps while stretched out on a bed, they will earn a lot of money. If one sleeps with their arms and legs held closely together, they will not earn much money. Seeing a minaret in a dream brings good luck. Seeing eggs in a dream brings harsh words and gossip. If a woman sees a penis in a dream, one of her relatives will die. One who sees human excrement in a dream will receive money. One who sees a girl child in a dream will receive bad news. One who sees a boy child in a dream will receive good news. One who holds gold in their hand in a dream will earn money. One who sees a white horse in a dream will accomplish their desire.
  4. Ken Grubb

    Ramazan in Turkey

    During certain times of the year, many Turks do not eat or drink during the daytime. They are fasting during the holy month of Ramazan (Turkish for "Ramadan"). This is when Muslims worldwide commemorate the revelation of the Koran to Mohammed. Ramazan is considered to be the "sultan" of the eleven months since that is the month in which Mohammed started to receive the Koran. It's the month of great spiritual and material blessings that Muslims all over the world look forward to. The religion of Islam is based on five principles: Belief in one God and Mohammed as his prophet. Prayer, five times daily. Giving alms to the poor and needy. Fasting during the month of Ramazan and Pilgrimage to Mecca and other holy sites in Saudi Arabia at least once in one's lifetime. Ramazan is the ninth month on the Islamic lunar calendar. The months on the lunar calendar begin and end with the sighting of the new moon. Because of this, from year-to-year, Ramazan rotates throughout the four seasons and through every month of the solar calendar. Every Muslim is supposed to observe the fast of Ramazan. Children, pregnant women, sick people, travelers and soldiers at war are exempted from fasting. The fast starts daily from before sunrise and lasts to the moment the sun sets. During the daylight hours, one is to abstain from food, drink and intimacy between husband and wife. After sunset, Muslims are permitted to break the fast for the day, starting with the İftar (eef-tahr) meal. However, one is not supposed to over eat, over drink, or over indulge in any self-gratifying activities as this can take away from the spirit of the fast. The Ramazan fast is regarded not just an abstention from food, but as a ritual for the benefit of the total person physically, spiritually, and mentally, as well as for God's pleasure. While fasting, Muslims are to be conscious of the need to appreciate and respect both man and outer world as a creation of the Almighty God. Those fasting are also to get a better understanding for the needy ones who cannot find food to eat. Things to be avoided during the fast are the tendency to be spiritually idle or morally absentminded, and the tendency to miss daily prayers. The time one would spend watching television, listening to music or playing sports should be spent in prayer, contemplation and religious study. Muslims should read one thirtieth of the Koran each day so as to complete the reading over this 30-day fasting period. The time spent in devotion to God will help keep one in tune with the inner spirit of the fast. Conduct During Ramazan If you aren't observing the Ramazan fast, there is still etiquette you should practice as a foreigner in Turkey. Don't eat or drink anything in public during fasting hours in the month of Ramazan, or in front of someone who is fasting. Obviously, this is impolite. Many restaurants in Turkey serve food for those who are not observing the fast, so it's okay if you eat in one of them. If you smoke, you should do so out of sight if you can. Driving Avoid driving during Ramazan. If you must drive, be even more cautious than you usually are. During the afternoons, those fasting will have low blood-sugar levels and a lower level of alertness. The lack of food, and nicotine in the case of regular smokers, can cause more aggressive behavior than usual. Şeker Bayram, (sheh-kehr by-rahm), or the "sugar holiday," occurs the week after Ramazan, and most Turks visit family. This causes the roads to be congested, and a lot of traffic accidents. Avoid driving during Şeker Bayram as well. Ramazan as a Boy's Name Ramazan is a popular name for Turkish men. Baby boys born during the month of Ramazan are usually named Ramazan. The Ramazan Drummers Drummers have been a part of Turkish traditional culture year round, but especially during the month of Ramazan. Turks who intend to fast for the day need to wake up before the start of the fast and eat the Sahur (sah-her), a hearty breakfast to help make it through the day. And even though most anybody can afford an alarm clock, traditional Ramazan drummers still stroll the streets, beating a large drum, to wake the cook of the household so she (it is practically always a she) can make breakfast and wake the other family members so they can eat. The drumming starts at around 3:00 AM. Some drummers sing while beating their drums. Every district in most every city and town has a drummer. At the end of the fasting month, on the first day of Bayram, also called the Sugar Festival, the drummers do their drumming during the day, knocking on every door in their district. That's when the believers tip the drummers for the service they have provided during the fasting month. Istanbul alone has about 1,000 Ramazan drummers, and there is a big rivalry among them. They try to sing the best songs and wake the people at the most appropriate time. In order to be able to do that, some drummers work as a two-man team riding on a motorcycle. While one of them drives the motorcycle, the other rides in the back seat beating the drum. When the fast ends in the evening, just after dark, a cannon is fired in most cities and towns to let everyone know it is time to break the fast. At around this time, everyone rushes to a restaurant where they will have the İftar meal, breaking their fast. During this time you may see people with knife and fork in hand, poised over their meal, waiting to hear the cannon go off. When it does, they begin eating heartily. Another way of knowing the fasting time is over is by looking at the minarets on a cami (jah-mee), or mosque. In the evening, minarets are illuminated when the fast is broken and kept lit until the fast begins again the next morning. A video depicting and explaining the tradition of the Ramazan drummers. If you're wondering what the drummers sing while they drum, here's an example of one drummer's song as he walks through town to collect his tip the day after Ramazan ends: I got out into the street with the name of God Giving greetings to the right and the left Oh my stately gentle folk Blessed times are upon us. Your drummer has come to the door He gives greeting to everyone Don't be upset my dears He's come to collect his tip. This month is called Sultan month Sweet with cream and honey is eaten. It's been a custom for all time That a tip is given to the drummer. Ramazan Evening Festivities If you're not a Muslim and you get tired of being awaken by drummers at zero-dark-thirty every day, know that Ramazan also has fun side. Municipalities and private organizations both put on special public İftar dinners, in which anyone can participate, although some are invitation-only. If you are invited to one, it is an honor that should not be declined. Those who don't attend these special dinners often go to the grounds of a mosque or a park, and have a picnic. Additionally, every large city and most towns have an evening celebration, which is much like a county fair. There you can enjoy excellent food, concerts, exhibitions, and carnival rides. You don't have to participate in the day's fast to come and enjoy the evening's events, so be sure to find out what's happening during Ramazan in your city or town, then go out and have some fun!
  5. If you've been wondering about those baggy pants a lot of Turks wear, especially in rural areas, they are called şalvar (shahl-vahr). They're a very practical garment. You'll see them worn in every region of Turkey, but each region has it's own style. They can also be styled differently according to the type of work the wearers do. Before elastic became common in Turkey, a cord was threaded through the waist and ankle castings of trousers to gather the folds of material. The methods used to gather the waste of the şalvar vary according to region. In Alanya, for example, the waist ties are often brightly-colored, striped, hand-woven silk sashes. The design of şalvar embodies the Turkish sense of thrift and economy. Şulvar typically requires a piece of cloth four meters long and 40 centimeters wide. There is little cutting or seaming. In the Konya style of şalvar, there are no side seams. The material they're made from can be a solid color, or feature attractive and fashionable patterns. Şalvar is worn mostly by villagers, domestic workers, and some housewives because they allow ample air circulation, making them cool and comfortable They also allow for easy bending and kneeling. Besides being practical attire for hard-working Turks, they are also popular gifts to take or send home to a loved one, to be worn around the house, or elsewhere!
  6. Şeker Bayram (sheh-kehr by-rahm) or sugar festival, is a national religious holiday in Turkey which begins the day after Ramazan. In Arabic, the name of the holiday is Id-ul Fitr. The name Şeker Bayram came from the tradition of exchanging sweets during this holiday. Ramazan is the month of fasting for Muslims all over the world. Şeker Bayram, like Ramazan, is based on the Islamic lunar calendar, so it occurs during different periods each year. Officially, Şeker Bayram lasts three and one half days, but Turks may be off work, and businesses may be closed, for a longer period if it occurs near a weekend. In the days preceding Şeker Bayram, shopping centers and stores are crowded with Turks buying gifts for relatives and new clothes for themselves and their children, which are called "bayramlık." The new clothing is proudly worn during the holiday. Additionally, houses are thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the inevitable throngs of family and friends the holiday will bring. Schools, banks, and government offices are always closed during Şeker Bayram. Many private businesses also close, so the owner and workers can enjoy their holiday. The first day of Şeker Bayram is the most important. Everyone wakes up early, and the men go to the mosque for a special Bayram prayer. When they return from the mosque, everyone dresses up in their new clothes, and they begin their Bayram visits. A Tradition of Visiting Young people visit their elders first, followed by their other relatives. Bayram visits are kept short--usually to ten or fifteen minutes. Hosts of the visits offer candy, cakes, chocolate, coffee and cold beverages. Those who cannot visit their friends and family members in other towns will call them or send cards to wish them a happy bayram. Cemetery Visits From one day before Şeker Bayram to its end, Turks also visit the graves of deceased family members, to pay their respects and pray. Important! The highways and streets are crowded during Şeker Bayram, and many serious and fatal accidents occur during this holiday period. So it's best to avoid driving if possible. If you must drive, exercise additional caution. Bus travel is also affected by the throngs of travelers moving all over the country. If you need to take a bus somewhere during Şeker Bayram, try to book in advance. Bayram Getaways Resort towns and holiday spots swell with Turkish visitors during the Şeker Bayram holiday. Many hotels offer special deals to attract the Turkish holiday makers, so once the family visits are over, many will hit the road for a well-earned vacation. Children During Şeker Bayram Children love Şeker Bayram and the associated visits. They want to visit as many elders as they can, since it's traditional for elders to give them pocket change. Children can collect this money for up to a month. Since there is no restriction on how much the children can spend or on what, amusement parks spring up in practically every city and town in Turkey. The children follow a traditional routine. They kiss the back of your hand and hold it to their forehead as a sign of respect. It is meant to say "you are in a position on the top of my head!" And when they do that, you are supposed to kiss them on both cheeks. Then they will hold out their hand, into which you should put a small amount of money--a few lira will suffice. Children also go door-to-door doing this, expecting to be given candy. It's much like the "trick or treat" tradition of Halloween. So you should have a bowl of good candy ready by your door. Boy's Names As male children born during Ramazan often take that name, boys born during Şeker Bayram are often called "Bayram." So when you meet a man named Bayram, you'll know why he has that name. Tipping People who regularly provide services, such as the kapıcı (kah-puh-juh), or apartment building superintendent, domestic workers, are traditionally given a tip for the Bayram holiday. On the first day, you'll also hear that inescapable "boom-chook-chook-boom" as those Ramazan drummers who woke you up at 3:00 AM over the past month, go door to door for tips. Gifts and Good Wishes If you visit your Turkish friends, take a box of candy or chocolates with you. It should be wrapped, and left on a table near the door. Turks don't open gifts when presented, so don't expect this. To wish your Turkish friend a happy holiday, say "İyi Bayramlar!" (ee-yee-by-rahm-lahr), which literally means "good festivals," or "I wish you a happy festival!"
  7. Forget the usual Turkish politics which has taken the headlines recently. And just enjoy this.
  8. Looking to find some foragers in Turkey. I have been having a hard time finding anything online, and knowing this is mainly a very limited profession, I'm hoping someone on the board knows someone. Really wanting to find natural herbs, grasses, mushrooms, and wild fruits local only to Turkey. Any help would be appreciated. Justin
  9. Dance the Past into the Future “In the advancement of modern developments, will our culture suffocate?” Featuring interviews with young and old generations of the Laz and Hemsin communities, it explains how the practise of plateau migration has died out because young people prefer to spend life in the big cities. Read more here : http://turkishtravelblog.com/laz-hemsin-turkey/
  10. A new documentary has been released talking about the Laz and Hemsin communities of the Black Sea region of Turkey. Expats with friends from that area might be interested in it and I am certain, people from Rize and Trabzon will. Called Dance the Past into the Future, it is in Turkish with English subtitles. See my review here : http://turkishtravelblog.com/laz-hemsin-turkey/ Or watch the trailer on Vimeo
  11. Hello, I am thinking about moving to turkey but I am not able to find governmental universities in social sciences bachelor programs in English, and i did find private universities but those are so expensive, i was wondering if anyone has any tips for me on how to get into universities. I would also like some opinion about the work circumstances in turkey, i speak four languages ( Farsi, Dutch, English, Turkish), I do speak Turkish on a B2/C1 scale although I am not a Turk. another thing that I was wondering is the beginner salaries and work circumstances, as if I move I have to provide for myself and live independently. is it difficult to live on your own in turkey as a 20 year old girl ( in big cities, like Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya) ? I am aware of the culture and most of the traditions but in real life it is different, is the society used to young girls living on their own or do people look at it in a different way? hope to be able to get some help from you guys Thank you
  12. I'm sure I'm not the only who's had this conversation... Just what are our kids? Do you consider them "mixed race?" In some respects, the fact that I'm American and he's NATIVE Turkish makes our son multi-cultural (and, inshallah, bi-lingual in the future), but Turk is not really a race. Neither is Arabic, for that matter, but in today's society, I'm willing to put it out there that a Muslim/Arab receives as much prejudice as a person of color, thanks to all the media coverage of terrorism around the world. But "Arab" is not a box to check on any forms. There's a whole lot of attention about Latin, but that's not even a race; it's an ethnicity. (Hmmm.... to do list: find out whom I can contact to persuade them to change that...) So, is Turk considered Asian, since it's Asia minor and on the maps? But if you research, some resources say that Turks are Caucasian, but others say they come from the Mongols, so are Asian. Maybe I'll just have my son check the "Other" box. What do you think?
  13. Hello eveybody! A Turkish family was very kind to us and we would like to thank them by giving them a cake. I am in Germany now and as I am not very familiar with the Turkish culture, I was wondering if there is anything specific that I have to keep in mind. Do Turkish people generally like very sweet things, or not so sweet? Are there any restrictions to the ingredients? Any suggestions to what cake they might like? Many thanks, Juliane
  14. Oh man, oh man, I need some more advice! (What would I do without you guys!) I love Turkish food! I really do, but I don't eat all that much and my landlady seems intent on making me explode. She doesn't want me to stop eating and won't accept my doydum's! I'm not sure what else to say without being rude, so tonight she kept wanting me to finish the rice and tzatziki sauce that was left over and at first I thought she just meant the rice so I ate that and then she came back and pointed to the sauce and told me to eat! And... Well... I could have eaten it with more of the dinner but that would of meant eating way more food so I just ate it... alone... except the bread... And she kind of looked at me weird and asked if I wanted rice and the other part of the meal too and I couldn't explain that if I did that I really would burst so we kind of had an awkward moment but finally I finished and she was happy. But... I kind of need advice. Is it very rude to say that you're way too full to keep eating? I don't want to make her lose face, but at the same time I don't want to make myself sick. This is kind of a funny story now that it's over, but not exactly the most enjoyable experience to be having every night.
  15. A little info to start with Me and my girlfriend have been dating for about 6 months now but I have been best friends with her for a few years now. I am 29 Puerto Rican born in the US Girlfriend and hopefully to be wife is 26 Turkish born in the US Her parents were born in Turkey and are extremely old school traditional as she would explain it. I thought with them being traditional and all I should get to know and the family get to know me well before I ask her parents for her hand in marriage. So she introduced me to her parents about a month ago for desert and tea time and I have since been over once for a dinner. When her father hears of me and her hanging out or going to a resturant and such it appears to upset him since we dont have an engagement set yet and we are out in public. It seems like he likes me as a person and my girlfriend and her sisters agree. I am struggling finding where I should be. I am not sure if I should rush the engagement or still give it time to get the family to know me. This month has been a busy one for both parties since I have been studying and testing for certs. I would like to ask her parents before I ask her and I know she is the one for me already and there is no question about that and I feel she feels the same about me. I honestly thought her parents would not like the rush but it seems like we cant make progress and we will upset her father in the mean time if we do not get engaged prior to us having a relationship. I am not very familiar with the culture and the only thing I hear about it is from my girl so I am hoping people on here may be able to help me out and give me some type of direction because I would love to have a great relationship with my wife's parents.
  16. I still remember a French woman I met when I landed at the Ataturk Airport (and also in Turkish territory) for the first time. She was waiting in my neighboring line when I was trying to reschedule my flight to an earlier one. "Here in Turkey, you have to take things slow." She suddenly interjected, "you cannot really expect things to move on at a fast pace." Now three months have passed, and I am starting to understand what she was trying to tell me. Punctuality does not seem to be a strictly-obeyed rule in Turkey. There are countless times when someone made an appointment with me yet failed to show up at the suggested hour. A few can show up within the half an hour after our appointment time. There are also times when I stuck to the principle of punctuality and showed up at their places at the right time. Yet some of them would seem to be panicked and unprepared, as if I had never made an appointment. If someone says :"I will send you an email in two days." I'll probably get it by the end of this week, on condition that I constantly "harass" that poor guy with numerous phone calls.
  17. I've always heard that family is so important to Turkish families and I've heard of traditions where they kiss the hand or something like that as form of respect. Correct me if I'm wrong but I wanna know more of this traditions of Turkish families.
  18. Just visiting Istanbul for 2 weeks, but I have noticed these things: People dress more conservatively. People look quite smart and European, especially on the metro and metro bus. People behave like city people, but if you ask them a question they quickly snap out of it, are very friendly and helpful. There are no chavs. There are no young single mothers with pushchairs, mobile phones, and smoking fags! People are dressed for the weather - sounds odd, but so many people at home do not! Everyone is an expert.....and I mean everyone......they know everything about everything, and they love to tell you how much they know!!!--- People are really helpful and flexible.
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