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My older sister loves all kinds of decorations on special days. This was always an annoyment for the rest of kids in the family. Now she is married and I hear that she takes her hobby to a new level.  They have a Christmas tree and had worked on decorating it. Of course, they do this to welcome the new year. Christmas and new year practices are blended in many Turkish minds into new year celebrations. Surprisingly enough, my sister always criticises me for consuming alcohol. She is not veiled at all but she is quite a practicing religion woman and I am frequently subject to her anger that I am not a good Muslim. Funny.

Santa movie spotlights Turkey’s east-west divide
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ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN) — It may be the first modern Christmas movie ever made for audiences in Turkey, a mostly Muslim country that does not celebrate

EurasiaNet Eurasia Insight – Turkey: Istanbul Gets in the Christmas Spirit

Christmas has blended into Turkish Holiday Festivities

“Everyone knows about the big white beard, the red suit and the reindeer. They write to Mr. Claus at the North Pole, and leave cookies out for him before going to bed on Christmas Eve.

RNPS IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2009 - Muslim women sit on a park bench ...

RNPS IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2009 – Muslim women sit on a park bench overlooking the Golden Horn on Marmara Sea in Istanbul, April 3, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly


I found this image at Friedfeed. A veiled girl at the lap of Atatürk statue. Funny.

?Why Are You Outside??

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

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A group of handicapped citizens staged a brief protest at the entrance to the Mecidiyekoy metrobus station the other day. Within five minutes, they were almost crushed by the crowd and subjected to taunts like, ?Why are you out on the street anyway?? They asked police to protect them. Police reply: ?You did this, why should we help you??

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  • Claudia

    Best Wishes for the New Year, Erkan.

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