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Customs & Conventions in Turkey

Turkey, the world-famous tourist destination, stands close to the boundaries of the Asian and European continents. The country is one of the most fascinated tourist attractions across the globe for its beauty and glory. Turkey had preserved its deep-rooted Islamic values since the old days. The traditional oriental values and modern western culture resonate a fused culture and essence. The land is a perfect holiday destination for couples and friends' groups. Millions of tourists from different corners of the world come to enjoy a nice vacation in Turkey. The tourists can enjoy holidays in Turkey in all seasons. However, travelers suggest winter to be the most favorable time to spend an enjoyable time. The country is a much more budget-friendly destination compared to the other European countries.

Turkey is abundant with several tourist attraction points. The country boasts of its natural richness, from the lush green mountain valleys to blue mountain ranges to the enormous sea beaches. The land looks joyful with its vast natural beauty. Turkey is home to rich biodiversity, including some rare species of flora and fauna. Age-old historical sites and mosques situated in various corners of the country add classic and royal vibes to the land. On the other hand, the vibrant city life makes a lopsided contrast with the serene natural splendor.

This blog aims to talk about different customs and traditions that are prevalent in Turkey. Some of the traditions are of a unique kind. Tourists enjoy a foreign trip to Turkey very much. The land surprises the tourists at every step of their journey, for example, breakfast. It has a special significance in Turkish cuisine. Unlike other countries, breakfast is the main meal in Turkish food culture. Local markets in Turkey are among the other major attractions to the tourists and the locals. The ancient bazaars in the land offer traditional clothes, shoes, jewelry, species, and handcrafted souvenirs of a different kind.

The blog will offer the readers a complete insight into the traditions and customs followed in Turkey. Since ancient times, Arabic, Greek, Georgian, Georgian conventions had been prevalent on the land of Turkey for a long time in sync. The European customs and conventions have impacted the western coast of Turkey to a great extent. Some rituals are known and heard, but you may find some customs to be very unfamiliar. These customs have great significance in the lives of Turks. Let us look at some most popular conventions here.

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Meeting and Greeting

Turkish people are warm and hospitable. Turks love to greet people with welcoming statements when they meet someone. Apart from the special occasions, they have their daily greeting words. When a customer visits a shop, the shopkeeper says "Hos Geldiniz" which implies welcome. When one is sick, one wishes him, or her "Gecmic Olsun” which means “Get well soon.”

Tourists better learn these phrases beforehand. Knowledge of these idioms helps you to communicate with Turks easily.


In Turkey, close ones greet one another by kissing the cheeks. Only family members and bosom friends can hug each other. Turkish men are very chivalrous in their manner. Men wish women to greet first if both are known to each other.

Respecting Elderly People

In Turkish terms, 'tezye’ and ‘amca' mean aunt and uncle. 'Abi’ and ‘Abla' indicate to brothers and sisters respectively. You have to use these terms after their names to respect their position in your life.

Turkish Tea

Turkish tea is not just an energy drink to the Turks. The reddish brewing drink in Turkey is deeply associated with the custom of hospitality. Tea is the symbol of welcoming guests at home. Turkish people serve tea in a tulip-shaped glass. According to tradition, families serve guests and tourists a cup of Turkish tea. Turks offer tea as a welcoming drink not only at home but also at shops and saloons.

Turkish coffee

Coffee is the national drink of Turkey. Turkish people enjoy coffee after their meal. The coffee is supposed to be shipped slowly. Coffee is prepared on special occasions or during guest visits.


In Turkish tradition, when a family decided to get their son married, they visit their prospective daughter-in-law's house and meet the family members. The boy's family inspects the issues and asks for the hand of the girl. When both the families agree to the marriage, the ritual of courtship takes place. According to Turkish tradition, the bride-to-be prepares coffee and serves it to her future parents-in-law in a traditional way.

Loud Horn

Loud car honking comes under Turkish tradition that happens on special occasions. On the occasions of weddings, people express their joys through loud car honking. You will also hear this when someone retires and returns from the military service ground. Besides, Turks are also very impatient with heavy traffic.

The Evil Eye

Turkish people believe in the cast of an evil eye. The blue glass eyes are the most popular souvenirs meant to eradicate the negative energy from the evil eye. These eyes are popular souvenirs in Turkey. According to Turkish Superstition, the blue color helps to eliminate the negative energy from the evil eye. Turks usually hang these blue-eyed souvenirs above the doors of their houses or pin them to the babies’ clothes for their protection. Business people use this to keep their prosperity untouched by any evil eye.

Henna Night

Henna Night is a joyful event celebrated by the bride with her female friends and relatives before the wedding day. The ritual centers around the beautiful and artistic application of henna on the bride's hands. According to ancient tradition, henna signifies blood. The way of the bride from maidenhood to womanhood is paved through this pre-wedding ritual. The ritual has profound religious importance too.


Circumcision is one of the most significant events in a boy's life in Turkey. The tradition drives a boy towards manhood. Turkish people consider this tradition to be one of the most significant ones. According to the Turkish ritual the circumcised boys wear new clothes and, families celebrate the day as a milestone life.

Devotional Sacrifice

In Islam, sacrifice is a prevalent custom. According to the tradition, at the end of Ramadan, Muslim people sacrifice an innocent animal and distribute the meat among the poor. This holy sacrifice has become a popular religious tradition in Turkey, and the ritual is not restricted to a specific occasion. One can offer a sacrifice any time of the year, asking for some fulfillment from Allah.

Oil Wrestling

Oil wrestling is one of Turkey's most traditional sports. The origin of sports dates back to ancient Mesopotamia. The wrestlers drench themselves in oil before the competition begins. The wrestling matches continue until one is declared the winner. The matches' duration might be up to 40 minutes. Spectators enjoy watching these matches because of the oiliness that makes the wrestlers vulnerable to the situation.

Breakfast: The Main Meal of the Day

Wholesome nourishment is one of the bases of Turkish society. Turkish people enjoy their food and thank Allah for the handful of grains. Turkish women cook meals with great care and devotion.

Breakfast is the center meal in Turkish cuisine and offers vital nutrients. Breakfast in Turkey is full of serials, veggies, fresh fruits, eggs, and different dessert items. Bread is an integral part of the meal. In Turkish cuisine, bread must accompany every meal.


Turkish families often invite their friends and acquaintances to dinner parties. The family offers slippers to the guests before entering the house. Removing shoes before entering one's home is a very prevalent custom in Turkey. The gesture acts both ways. On one side, it means you won't carry dirt into the house, and on the other, it is an honorary gesture. In Turkish custom, it is unmannerly to refuse food when you visit someone's home by invitation. Sometimes, guests bring wine bottles when they come to one's home. In this case, it is a must to know beforehand whether the host drinks or not.

Turkish Hamams

Turkish Hamams are public bathhouses that had been originated back in the Roman Empire. Currently, Hamams are of two types- one is for the tourists as tourists prefer to keep their swimming suits on. The other bathhouses offer comfort to the local Turks. Locals enter the bathhouses and enjoy some relaxing time. They can also take baths in public bathhouses. Body massages are offered at some of the touristic bathhouses.

Dining out

According to Turkish tradition, when one invites you to dinner it is their responsibility to pay the bill. In Turkey, the idea of sharing the bill is not a prevalent one. The invited party pays the expense at the next dinner.

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To conclude,

The blog has discussed different customs and conventions prevalent in the daily lives of Turkish people. On a visit to various provinces in Turkey, you will witness these regular customs followed by the country's people. You must stay at the Turkey Pool Villa on your trip to Turkey. The warm behavior and best-quality services in the Pool Villa comfort the mind and the body.