Turkey distinctive customs and traditions

Whether you want to move to Turkey for housing and residence or for real estate investment, there are many aspects that you must know and think about in order not to find any difficulties or obstacles, and the most important thing that you must know is (the customs and traditions prevailing in this society) .

In this article, you will learn about the most important customs and traditions that prevail in Turkey.

What are the most prominent customs and traditions in Turkey?

There is a wide range of societal systems that spread in Turkey and among its residents, especially the old ones, who were keen to pass it on to the generations that came after them:

Kissing the hand of the elderly :

Kissing the hand of the elderly is a sign of respect in Turkey where it is considered rude not to do so when greeting the elderly and this custom is common among men, but women may also kiss the hand of an elderly person.

This tradition is believed to date back to the Ottoman Empire, when it was customary for young men to kiss the hand of their elders as a sign of respect. Today, many people still practice this habit.

salutation :

In Turkey, it is customary for men to greet each other with a handshake and women to greet each other with a hug and a kiss on each cheek. This is a way of showing respect and is considered very important in Turkish culture.

blue bead :

The blue bead is a type of amulet that is said to protect the wearer from evil spirits and is also said to bring good luck. The blue bead is worn by both men and women, and is often given as a gift to friends and loved ones.

tea hospitality :

Tea in Turkey is more than just a drink, it is a way of life. The country has a rich history of tea culture, and the tradition of tea hospitality is still alive and well today.

If you are invited to someone's home in Turkey, there is a good chance that you will be offered a cup of tea. And if accepted, it is important to know etiquette.

Here are some tips for enjoying Turkish tea as the locals do:

Sip, don't swallow, take small sips of your tea and savor the flavour.

Do not add milk or sugar. Turkish tea is usually served black, without any additives and if you want to sweeten it, add a little honey instead.

A cup of water next to the coffee :

One of the most famous customs and traditions is offering a cup of water next to coffee, because coffee is considered a way to cleanse the palate and renew the senses. Turkish coffee is also famous for its strong and rich flavor and thick texture.

Hanging bread at the door of the house :

One of the most famous customs and traditions in Turkey is hanging bread on the door of the house. This is done to symbolize welcoming guests to the house. Bread is usually made from wheat flour, water and salt, and then it is decorated with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or other ingredients.

The tradition of hanging bread dates back to the Ottoman Empire and at that time, it was customary for people to hang a loaf of bread outside their door as a means of inviting others into their home. Today, this tradition is still practiced by many families in Turkey.

Spray lemon perfume :

Lemon is one of the most popular scents in Turkey and is used in a variety of customs and traditions, including the sprinkling of lemon perfume.

The scent of lemon is said to bring good luck and wealth and it is also believed to ward off evil spirits.

It is often used during weddings, funerals, and other special occasions.

Take off your shoes outside the house :

In Turkey it is customary to take off your shoes when you enter someone's home. This is done as a sign of respect and to keep the house clean. It is also considered polite to bring a small gift, such as flowers or chocolates, when you are invited to someone's home.

Turkish baths :

Turkish baths are one of the most famous customs and traditions in Turkey. It is a very old tradition that has been passed on from generation to generation. Turkish baths are a very important part of Turkish culture and are still very popular today.

Ramadan customs :

Ramadan is the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar, and Turks participate in many customs and traditions during this time. One of the most famous customs is fasting, which is observed by Muslims all over the world. Fasting begins at sunrise and ends at sunset. During this time, Muslims refrain from eating and drinking. This is a time for spiritual meditation, and it is also a time when many people give alms to the needy.

Another popular tradition during Ramadan is the night prayers known as Tarawih. This prayer is often performed in groups in mosques. It is a time for Muslims to gather and worship. Tarawih prayers are often followed by recitations from the Qur’an, which is a beautiful way to end the day on this holy day.

festive customs :

 Holiday customs are among the most popular customs and traditions in Turkey and the two most important holidays in Turkey are Ramadan and Eid al-Adha. Ramadan is a month-long holiday that celebrates the Islamic faith, while Eid al-Adha is a four-day holiday that celebrates the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca.

Turks celebrate these holidays with feasts, family gatherings, and special foods. Common holiday foods include baklava, which is a sweet pastry made of nuts and honey, and kunafa, which is a pie with sweet cheese, and candied fruits soaked in syrup.

Certainly, there are more common customs that relate to every social event such as birth, death, joy, sadness, etc., but these were the most prominent ones. If you want to move to Turkey, you must look at everything so that you do not find yourself a stranger, but before anything you have to learn the Turkish language well because the people of this society are keen to rely on their language well and rarely use any other.

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