Culture in TurkeyBy Egyking
99% of the Turkey population follows Islam and Islamic culture is deep rooted in Turkey. Social status of the people inn Turkey is determined by the factors like wealth and education. Folk culture of turkey includes many folk arts forms.
Turkish folklore, Horon folk dance, Turkish shadow play, Folk dances of Izmir, Karagöz and Hacivat are the prime art forms. Stories of Nasreddin Hodja, Nomads and Whirling Dervishes are famous in the region.
Turkish arts, Mother of pearl inlay, Carpets and kilims, Musical instruments of Turkey, Nazar Boncuk beads are also form the integral parts of Turkey culture. Western fashions are the ways of life in the modern Turkey.
Turkey traditions are well knitted with Islamic traditions. Turkish bath known as Hamam is an integral part of Turkish daily life. It symbolizes the hygienic life of turks. The belly dance is a common item in gatherings.
Turkish night has folklore accompanied by music and belly dance and is always in the program of any hotels. Aegean coast is famous for Camel fight and mostly this bloodless sport takes place during the mild winter season.
Turkish men have increasingly adopted the styles and sombre colours of European male dress. Fezzes and turbans were abolished by law in 1925, and most peasants now wear cloth caps. The famous Turkish baggy trousers, exceedingly full in the seat, are still quite common in rural areas and among the poorer town dwellers, but the traditional cummerbund and colourful shift or waistcoat are rare.
Village women still largely preserve traditional attire. They wear some locally customary combination of baggy trousers, skirts, and aprons. In many areas it is still possible to identify a woman’s town or village and her marital status by her dress; village women in Turkey have never worn a veil, but they have traditionally covered their heads and mouths with a large scarf. This practice has been revived among the more devout urban women, though the scarf is often combined with Western dress.
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