Some people might think that because of the religion they will not find certain kind of amusement in Turkey. That is not truth. Turkey is a laic and democratic country where religion and government are seperated. In Turkey you can find beer, wine and a special national alcoholic drink called Raki. Turkish people enjoy eating, drinking and dancing. The Turkish cuisine is very rich and millennial. Over the weekend you will see full bars and tea gardens with young and mature, women and man enjoying their tea, coffee or also beer and Raki. Nights can be long and enjoyable in Turkey. You just need to find out the right place that matches your wishes. In Turkey you will find a lot of tea gardens, restaurants, bars and discos. All over the country there are places called by the Turks "Cay Bahcesi" that means "Tea Garden". Those are the most loved places to chat and met friends.

Tea is the national hot drink of Turkey - Any place, any time - it is time to drink black tea. In Turkey, tea is not drunk from porcelain cups or mugs but in glass cups as in the picture above. There are two types of tea: "koyu cay", the strong one and "acik cay" the light one. As Turkish tea is prepared by mixing tea and water you can order either of them. Although artificial, tourists love "elma cayi", an apple tea. You can also ask for the famous Turkish coffee is prepared with the coffee powder and also served with it. The powder sinks to the bottom of the cup and you can appreciate the delicious coffee. If you want to try a real tipical turkish drink, ask for ayran. The ayran is made of a mixture of water, yogurt and salt. Usually the ayran is drunk more in the summer because it is a cold drink. But the Turks also drink ayran in the winter. Ayran is white and its consistence is creamy. This drink is very healthy and can be drunk by the meal.

In general, Turks care little about money, and they try to think about life in a way which allows them to get the most out of it while putting out as little effort as possible. Families are the pillars of Turkish society. Children look up to their parents with deference. Parents cherish their children more than anything on earth. Furthermore, Turkish first names are quite poetic: Moon Princess, or Dew drop, for girls, and Light, Hope or Silver Prince for boys. Hospitality is a very honored tradition in Turkey. Rural families will generously offer room and board to wandering tourists.

Cultural Daily Life

Through the centuries, Turkish artists and artisans have developed styles of art that are uniquely Turkish. Early Turkish artists turned their creative talents to architecture, music, poetry, weaving, wood and metal working, ceramics, glass-blowing, jewelry, manuscript illumination and calligraphy.Through the centuries, Turkish artists and artisans have developed styles of art that are uniquely Turkish. Most people today are familiar with the silhouette of Turkey's mosques, their soaring domes and slender minarets. Less well-known is the beauty of their interiors the intricate woodwork of the pulpit or "mihrab," their startling blue and green tiles, their richly-worked carpets, and their stunning calligraphy.

Today, a new flowering of Turkish art and culture is taking place. Turkish painters and sculptors exhibit at home and abroad, in galleries and biannual festivals. Turkish musicians of international acclaim perform regularly in classical concerts abroad and record on international labels, some of which have been built up by Turks. Turkish writers are increasingly translated and appreciated. And Turkish architects design throughout the world.Growing private sponsorship of cultural events means that Turkey holds more than a dozen international fine arts and culture festivals a year and hundreds of local ones. Most widely acclaimed are the annual International Istanbul Music, Theater and Film Festivals, which attract participants and spectators   from around the world. Fast growing in numbers are jazz and blues festivals. Theater  is  especially  popular  in   Turkey ,   with  talented  companies  performing  the   works  of Shakespeare , Brecht and Chekhov as well as new works by Turkish dramatist. Most of Turkey's largest cities also have regular seasons for opera, symphony, chamber music and ballet. Turkey's own musical heritage is rich, and traditional music is as important to young people as contemporary or pop.

Turkish cinema, though small by international standards, is exploring new directions and tackling new themes, often in co-productions with other countries. The establishment of the Turkish Republic had a great impact on literature and scholarship.This measure and others aimed at making the Turkish language easier to learn mean there is virtual universal literacy. Though the great works of Ottoman scholars, thinkers, writers and poets are still studied, it is the writers of today whose works fill the book shops. Education in Turkey is universal, coeducational and obligatory for the first eight years.  All public schooling through high school is free of charge and public universities are inexpensive.Turkey has around 70 universities and over 800,000 students, many from neighboring countries, enrolled in university or graduate programs. Turkish faculty members regularly share and exchange duties with professors from other countries. Sixteen of Turkey's universities are private and several more are expected to open over the next few years, another indication of the growing support of the private sector for Turkey's cultural life.


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