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Culture, traditions and customs of Turkey. • Turkey • Asia • Countries

In Turkey the relations between the sexes have prints of Muslim traditions. Although by law women and men are equal, Turkish women in the society still occupy a secondary position. Women in Turkey are obliged to be faithful wives and caring mothers. To go to work is permitted only if the husband agree.

So far in the provinces you can meet up with polygamy. One husband in some villages may be about six spouse. In such a family the house is divided into two halves: male and female. While each wife should have their own room. The husband is obliged to give gifts and to pay attention equally to each spouse. Any woman can keep his farm, which is a kind of independence.

To go to the mosque decided to close the legs to the knees and no shoes. Women are expected to cover the head. During prayers to mosques are not supposed to not distract the faithful.

The Turks pay great attention to Muslim rituals and ceremonies. Every boy in years 7-12 is held the rite of circumcision, while his parents are preparing for this like for a great holiday. After passing the rite the boy becomes a full member of the community of Muslims.

The Turks from the age of 15 should observe the fast of Ramadan, in the days which you cannot drink, eat, and smell something Continue reading

The culture festival of the countries of the Great silk Road

The Fund Forum participated at the Festival of culture of the countries of the Great silk Road, which passed from 26 to 30 November in Seoul (Republic of Korea). The organizers of the Festival – Cultural center of Korea Foundation, the Foundation of the silk road, national Museum of Korea. The Festival was attended by all the countries of Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the Republic of Korea.

The festival was preceded by an exhibition of photographs «Central Asia, celebrated by poets” . lasting from 10 to 21 November, and presented visitors with 190 photographs depicting the traditions, customs and everyday life of residents of the region.

The program of the Festival included performances of the national ensembles of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, duet performance of the song “love Dance” Uzbek traditional wind instrument “Nai” and Korean traditional bagpipes «hagem”.

The Festival programme included two workshops. November 27 – ” Cultural exchange between Korea and Central Asia” . during which the participants were able to discuss the historical ties Continue reading

Culture, traditions, customs

Residents of Cyprus are very proud of their cultural heritage, which stretches back more than 9000 years. On the island there are many traditions and customs. However, Cyprus is today more interested in the events of 20 years ago than those that happened thousands of years ago. The inhabitants of the Northern part of the island adhere to the traditions and culture of their neighbour – Turkey: are Turkish names, prefer Turkish cuisine and are followers of Islam. Since North Cyprus is annexed by Turkey, the entry of tourists is prohibited. In another part of the island prefer the Greek tradition, the Greek cuisine and profess the Orthodox religion.

Cyprus with its long history abounds with various cultural and historical sights. Organization UNESCO has included in its World Heritage List nine Byzantine churches and even a city – Kata Paphos.

For many centuries the culture of Cyprus were formed on the basis of cultural exchange between Europe, Asia and Africa. This happened because of its geographical location. However, the Cyprus traditions and customs have their own charm. They best reflected in the ceremonies and other special events in a person’s life. For the Turkish Cypriots in such events are weddings, Ramadan, the birth Continue reading