Turkish Culture and Traditions

When you live in a foreign country it is a most to learn its official language, especially if you are planning to live for the long term. Learning Turkish language in Turkey is very important and it is going to make your life easier for sure. After learning Turkish language, the possibilities and the doors will be wide open in every domain; work, university and social life. But in addition to the language you need to know that country’s culture and tradition in order to understand what these people talk, speak, behave, and mean. In today’s article I am going to talk mainly about some of the Turkish culture and traditions, few of them is going to be really interesting to stay tuned!

Evil Eye: The Nazar Boncuğu

If you walk in the streets, enter some Turkish homes or see your Turkish friends you must have seen these small blue eyes everywhere, in Taxies, buses, bracelets, collars, or even rings. The Turkish people believe that this talisman repels evil and bad things to happen. In these days it is very recommended to buy it when you come to Turkey as souvenirs to your home friends.

Salty Coffee

Yes!! This is very interesting happy thing in Turkey, when the bride gets engaged to her groom, the groom comes to her house to drink Turkish coffee, all of the guests have the choice of their coffee to be sugary or not except the groom he gets salty sour coffee. The Turkish people thinks if the groom can drink the coffee without getting annoyed or being noticed well! That means that he loves the bride and he wants her for good. It is worth to mention that some of the nearby countries took the same tradition throughout the years and they do the same thing in their countries.

Pouring Water Before Traveling

In Turkey, when a person tends to travel, they often come to his/her place to say goodbye. When the person leave they pour water on the ground after the car leaves, that means that they wish him to go and come back in peace like running water and wishing him/her luck.

Hospitality and etiquette

Turks are hospitable, frequently welcoming newfound friends to a dinner party around their house. Visitors are given slippers so they can leave their shoes at the door and they will be provided ample amounts of food, of which it is rude to refuse. A gift is not anticipated during this period, but if you wish to stick to the popular western tradition of bringing a bottle of wine, be sure to check to see if the hosts are drinking. Much is teetotal, or just drinking outside the building. Contrary to popular belief, during the week Turks drink just their version of coffee on a couple of days. Alternatively, the national drink is tea, served black in tulip-shaped cups, and sweetened with sugar as desired by the drinker. A common feature in most villages, towns, and cities are the men who only gather in tea houses to drink tea and play games like OKEY. Otherwise tea gardens are popular, especially on weekends, for families and females.