Discover Turkey and its vivid lifestyle
Turkish lifestyle is a vivid mosaic, juxtaposing the West and the East, the modern and the ancient. Life in Turkey is a rich variety of cultures and traditions, some of which date back to centuries and some to recent times.
Visitors to Turkey are often pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the people, who will go out of their way to assist and happily spend time chatting.
Hospitality is a cornerstone of Turkish culture, and Turkish people believe that visitors should be treated as Guests sent by God. The mentality of Turkish hospitality is whatever religion you are from, whichever country you come from, whatever language you speak, you are God's Guest.
Family relations are very nice within the people in Turkey. Parents do support their children financially until they get married. When the child get married the financial support may continue but it is expected that the new family could earn enough and manage their livings. Children do care very much about their older. They take care of their older and support them when they get old or sick both financially and mentally.
This relation is a kind of boomerang, older support children when they are young, children support their elder when they are old.
Turkey is a secular state with no official state religion and is in fact the only secular Islamic country in the world where religion has no place in the running of the state. While the majority of the Turkish population is Muslim, there are also Christian and Jewish minorities throughout the country. In Turkey, religion is strictly a private affair as with other European countries.
Turkish has evolved from dialects known since the 11th century and is one of the group of languages known as Ural-Altaic which includes Finnish and Hungarian.
Turkish is the native language of 90 percent of the population of the country. Some 70 other languages and dialects are also spoken, including various dialects of Caucasian and Kurdish as well as Arabic, Greek, Ladino and Armenian. Turkish is unusual in that it is completely phonetic, each letter of the alphabet has only one sound, so each word sounds exactly how it is written.
Turkish people treat their national flag as sacred. Therefore, one should avoid insulting or showing disrespect to the Turkish flag.
Turkey has a little of everything. It is made up of bustling cosmopolitan centers, farming villages, beautiful Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Sea coastlines, and steep mountain regions. Western lifestyles and traditional ways of life coexist.
Today, each region has its own characteristics in the way of clothing, headwear, scarves and socks, which have all, attractive interest and admiration.