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Zafer Bayramı – Turkish Victory Day

Each year on August 30th the Turkish Republic celebrates an important national holiday: Zafer Bayramı – Victory Day. The holiday is dedicated to the Turkish Armed Forces. What Happens On Victory Day? If you’re in the country for Zafer Bayramı, don’t be surprised to see an abundance of Turkish flags flying from people’s balconies as …

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Top Turkish Desserts To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

It’s not often we write about Turkish desserts or sweetie goodness on this blog because neither of us has a particularly sweet tooth. However, Ramazan Bayramı is once more upon us. And, as this is the time when people tend to indulge in foods of the sugary variety, now seems like the perfect time to …

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Celebrating 90 Years Of The Turkish Republic In Fethiye

If you know anything about Turkey at all, you’ll know that yesterday was the 90th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Turkey (Cumhuriyet Bayramı – Republic Day). Not that most Turks need much excuse to openly display their national pride, but Cumhuriyet Bayramı is a day of loud and proud unabashed flag waving, …

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Hadise Live – A Treat For The Youth Of Fethiye

If you read this blog regularly, you will know that we have a very biased fondness for our adopted hometown of Fethiye, Southwest Turkey. The mountains, the Mediterranean, Paspatur (the old town), one of the largest natural harbours in the world, restaurants, bars; what more could we want? Well, while the local live music scene …

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Whirling Dervishes – Ramazan in Fethiye

We’re halfway through the Muslim holy month of Ramazan and, in Fethiye, the council (belediye) have organised free evening entertainment for each day of this special month. Last night, the crowds – including us – gathered early, knowing the open-air stage was about to be graced with members of Turkey’s Konya Mevlevi Order; better known …

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Ramazan Pide Bread – A Special Treat For The Holy Month

Turkish Ramazan Pide bread is nothing short of paradise to your taste buds! Whenever friends come to see us, one of the first things they want to do is go to the nearest little bakery or market and buy some fresh bread. It’s just so warm, crusty on the outside, hollow-sounding, soft-centred, light…the perfect bread. …

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Ramazan In Fethiye – Will It Affect Your Holiday?

If you are wondering how Ramazan in Fethiye will affect your holiday, then this guide will tell you all about what happens during the holy month in this particular corner of Turkey. Each year, Muslims in Turkey and all over the world begin a month of fasting during daylight hours; the holy month of Ramazan …

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Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth & Sport Day

Today is Commemoration of Atatürk and National Youth & Sport Day or Atatürk’ü Anma ve Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı. 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. What Is ‘Commemoration Of Atatürk And Youth & Sport Day?’ This …

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Republic Day Of Turkey – 29 Ekim Cumhuriyet Bayramı

Today is a very special day in the calendar of Turkey. October 29th is the Republic Day of Turkey or 29 Ekim Cumhuriyet Bayramı. The day is a public holiday and marks the anniversary of the proclamation of the Turkish Republic when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was named as its first leader. Republic Day is also …

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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 traditional for the local …

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