Turkish Traditions and Customs

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Turkish Customs and Traditions

Since its appearance in the stage of history, Turkish society has always given importance to the family and established a number of institutions and rules for the protection of the family. Changes in living conditions over the years have also shown themselves in traditions and customs. Turkish traditions and customs have a rich culture. Hospitality and respect are important values. Traditional clothes are worn at weddings, special occasions and holidays.

Turkish customs and traditions mainly include hospitality, family ties, wedding traditions, holidays, handicrafts, and Turkish cuisine.

Turkish Hospitality

Hosting guests has an important place in Turkish culture, the sincere welcome and care shown to guests shows the hospitality of the Turkish people. Turks accept everyone who comes to their home, regardless of their religion, language or rank, as guests of God and show respect and love. Guests are hosted by the host and welcomed with tea, coffee or various treats. As a part of this tradition, families come together on special occasions and holidays and frequently host guests.

Family Ties

The Turkish family structure is generally based on the extended family model and the ties between family members are quite strong. The family has of vital importance for Turkish people. The elders in the family expect respect from the young people and the young people respect the experience and knowledge of the elders. In Turkish families, family members support each other and try to spend time together. The family continues to exist as a strong social unit in Turkish society.

Wedding Traditions

Turkey is home to a variety of regions, each with their own unique wedding customs and traditions. Turkish weddings usually start with a henna night. This night is held before the wedding, where the bride's friends and family come together and apply henna, and includes entertainment and rituals. Then, the bride is taken from her mother's house and the wedding ceremony begins. The wedding usually comes with a big celebration and entertainment.


Holidays in Turkey are divided into two: religious and national. Before the holidays, cleaning begins in the houses. Children wake up early and wear their holiday clothes. The most important holiday tradition is to visit elders. On this special day, we should not forget our elders who have passed away. For this reason, cemeteries are one of the most visited places during Eid al-Fitr. Another holiday tradition is to collect candy. Children visit their elders on Eid day, celebrate their Eid, and collect candy.


Traditional handicrafts reflect their values with the cultural heritage coming from thousands of years of Turkish history and transfer them to future generations. Some traditional Turkish handicrafts are tile, marbling art, miniature, rug and carpet weaving, wood carving, walnut shell embroidery, and silver embroidery. These handicrafts are important elements that reflect Turkish culture.

Turkish Cuisine

Traditional Turkish cuisine is one of the most well-known and loved cuisines in the world. Turkey is always among the routes of people who are interested in gastronomy, especially in recent research, it left its mark on the list with 5 dishes from Turkey among the 50 most liked dishes in the world. Dishes vary regionally, with kebab varieties in the Eastern Anatolia region, olive oil dishes in the Aegean region, and fish and pita varieties in the Black Sea region, but when Turkish cuisine is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is Adana kebab, pita, and baklava. In Turkish cuisine, after meals, there is always tea or tea. Turkish coffee is served.


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