Partly-being an Asian country and being Muslim
in religion, Turkey has a great variety of cultural richness. The life style of
the Turkish people is mostly wondered but not known very well. We, Turks, are
bound to our traditions, and %99 of the people living in Turkey are Muslim.
- %80 of the people read and write.
- %99 of the people are Muslim.
- Religious and governmental works are separated.
- Clothing in Turkey may differ region to
region. Chic and smart clothing in the cities, changes to a country styled
clothing in small towns and villages of Anatolia. Clothing is rather free in
touristic centers of Turkey. Also, it is necessary to note down that as there is
freedom in religion, there is no religious rule for clothing. Some oldies wear
scarf and rare radical Muslims in some regions -but not in touristic towns, wear
veil, although it is not a regularity.
- In the middle Anatolia, instead of the parent-child
families, there are mostly large and crowded families.
- In ceremonies and special days, people visit
oldies as respect.
- Instead of going out, visiting a neighbor
more common in Turkey.
Julio Iglesias in Kusadasi
- Traditional Turkish groceries - "Bakkal" in every narrow street
are still important and favored, even there are larger supermarkets.
- Generally the meal that is prepared by the
women is eaten. Eating out is a rare but a nice activity.
very popular- Doner kebab is the most preferred among Turks.
- Weekend picnics are very popular for Turkish
families. As Turkish people love eating, barbeque is a must in picnics.
- Nearly in every meal, we eat salad.
- Bread and
water are the main dishes in the
table in every meal.
- Men, mostly the retired, go to Turkish
Coffee Houses. Coffee house culture is very popular, especially in small towns and
villages. In these coffee houses, backgammon, cards and other table games are
played in common. It is unusual for women to go these coffee houses.
- Tea is the most popular drink of Turkish
drink it at breakfast, in Coffee Houses, in the afternoon, almost all day.
- Turkish Coffee is a traditional drink. In
important meetings, especially when going to the girl's house for marriage
request, the future wife makes coffee to her future husband's parents. Sometimes,
drinking the Turkish coffee, we make it upside down and when it cools, we look for
the fortune. Women's after breakfast meetings are always with Turkish Coffee.
- Yogurt is the main sauce for Turks in all
meals. It is eaten in every meal like salad. Ayran that is made from yogurt and
water is the popular summer drink.
- While eating out, fish restaurants are preferred.
A variety of daily fresh fish is available.
- National Park is great for the weekend
holidays in where both picnic and swimming are available.
- The meeting area for Kusadasi people on
special days and ceremonies is near the sea in front of the Ataturk Statue.
- The general kitchen shopping is done in Friday
public market. It is possible to find small kitchen tools beside vegetables,