What Are Turkish Traditional Feasts Really Like?

What Are Turkish Traditional Feasts Really Like?

If you want to have a taste travelling to a unique country that offers everything a tourist could ask for, visit Turkey. The country is an amazing blend of rich history, wonderful cultures, beautiful locales and modernity. From hot air balloon rides to national feasts, Turkey will surely surprise you.

It is a well-known fact that if you truly want to get to know a country and its people, you should attend their festivities. Turkey hosts quite a few feasts throughout the year. These traditional feasts are religious as well as national. Two of the biggest Turkish traditional feasts are the ones held during Ramadan and Kurban Bayrami or the feast of sacrifice. 

Spring Celebration: Hidirellez

Hidirellez is an annual festival which is celebrated the new spring and brings good fortune to those who celebrate. The history of Hidirellez extended back many thousands of years in the area and being a candidate for UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage. Many of the traditions of Hidirellez have different types due to specific areas. It is usually celebrated in 5th or 6th of May. Hidirellez celebrations in Istanbul and Edirne have some of the biggest and most enthusiastic in Turkey. You can enjoy fire leaping, dancing, singing to traditional folk music and foods in this gorgeous festive.

The Extravaganza of Turkish Traditional Feasts

Both Ramadan and Kurban Bayrami are grand affairs where families, neighbours and friends come together to celebrate. The feast consists of various local delicacies and desserts. You would have a tough time resisting yourself to eat the sumptuous preparations during these feasts. The spread is elaborate and the food delicious. Most of all the company of loved ones is what makes these feasts memorable.

If you want to participate in such grand feasts held by the Muslim populations throughout the country, travel to Turkey during the times of Ramadan or Kurban Bayrami. If you cannot make it during these times because domestic and international travel is at a peak within the country, don’t worry. There are other national feasts held in Turkey throughout the year like on Republic day of Turkey.

Turkey Feasts Are Grand and Memorable

Turkish food is popular worldwide for its flavour and taste. You should definitely try some of the local favourites when you visit Turkey. But there is nothing like attending a grand feast with the locals. The people of Turkey are very friendly and welcoming of guests and hence they will accept you with open arms. Befriend a local Turkish and you will have a friend for life. Not to mention the food you will get to have and the love you will receive. Try visiting Turkey during one of their festivals and attend their feasts, you will surely fall in love.