Turkish History – A Significant Anniversary

Today is another hugely important day in the Turkish calendar. On the 29th October, I wrote about Cumhuriyet Bayramı which marks the anniversary of the declaration of the modern Turkish Republic. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was named as the first leader. Today marks the anniversary of the death of … [Read more...]

Republic Day Of Turkey – 29 Ekim Cumhuriyet Bayramı

Today is a very special day in the calendar of Turkey. 29th October is the Republic Day of Turkey or 29 Ekim Cumhuriyet Bayramı. The day marks the anniversary of the proclamation of the Turkish Republic when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was named as its first leader. Republic Day, Turkey - Cumhuriyet … [Read more...]

Turkish Festivals – Ramazan Bayramı

Yesterday evening's sunset marked the end of Ramazan and after the contemplation and fasting of the last month (for those that observed it), Turkey is now celebrating Ramazan Bayramı. We like the festivals in Turkey - everyone is in a good mood and it's a happy time. During Ramazan Bayramı, it's … [Read more...]

Iyi Bayramlar! Zafer Bayramı

In the UK, today is August Bank Holiday Monday - except in Scotland, according to our calendar. Why is that then? Anyway, 30th August is also Zafer Bayramı in Turkey. Zafer Bayram is an important national day and you'd be hard pushed to travel anywhere in Turkey today and not notice the abundance of … [Read more...]

National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, Fethiye

23 Nisan Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı Kutlu Olsun! For those of us who are not Turkish, this roughly translates as, 'Hope your National Sovereignty and Children's Day is a good one.' This is a long way from a literal translation but you get the picture. Today is the anniversary of the … [Read more...]

Kurban Bayram In Fethiye

Today is the last day of Kurban Bayram - the festival of the sacrifice. Many a goat has ended its days (or had its days ended for it) this weekend, let me tell you. Traditionally, Turkish families sacrifice a goat or sheep (although qualified butchers are used more and more these days) and the … [Read more...]