Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth & Sport Day

The people of Turkey are no strangers to a national holiday and proud display of the Turkish flag (Türk Bayrağı) and today is no different. Today is Commemoration of Atatürk and National Youth & Sport Day or Atatürk'ü Anma ve Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı. What Is 'Commemoration Of Atatürk And … [Read more...]

2011 Children’s Day in Fethiye

Yesterday was the 23rd of April; an important holiday in the Turkish calendar as it marks the anniversary of the inauguration of Turkey's National Assembly on 23rd April 1920. Founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, later added Children's Day to this already significant anniversary, … [Read more...]

A Bayram Stroll Along Fethiye Harbour

The final day of Kurban Bayramı in Turkey, but as most Turkish workers are enjoying a 9-day break, today still had that relaxed holiday feel about it. Tomorrow and Sunday are likely to be the main days of mass travel as family members return to their homes elsewhere in the country. The weather in … [Read more...]

Kurban Bayram – A Look Back at Day One

We know many of the goats and sheep of Turkey are sacrificed during Kurban Bayramı but we've never really noticed any of this happening - until yesterday. Maybe we've never been out and about in the morning of the first day of the festival. Yesterday, however, we were out and about as we went up to … [Read more...]

Kurban Bayram in Turkey

Wow, the last time we posted on Kurban Bayram was on the 30th November last year - our second ever blog post. We're careering headlong to being one year old! In Turkey, Kurban Bayramı is the time of year where goats are sacrificed, new clothes are bought, the roads become much busier, intercity … [Read more...]

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...]