Culture and Art of Turkey
Turkey is the home of numerous communities and civilizations from the beginning of history, Anatolia is also the harbor of the magnificent Turkish culture. Turkish culture and art has evolved under the influence of various communities over the centuries and spread over the extensive lands of Anatolia attracts the attention for its unique elements. At the crossroads of the East and the West, Turkish culture, from its cuisine to social life, bears the traces of different cultures.
From rituals on special days to family relations, Turkish society still largely adheres to native customs and traditions in many areas of social life.
Every region has its own dances composed of unique moves and melodies. They are an essential part of all celebrations. Traditional folkloric dances are colorful visual performances and are highly enjoyable.
Music as a way of creative expression of societies has a very important place in the Anatolian culture as well.
Traditional Turkish theatre is constituted of types of theatrical performances such as “Karagöz,” “Meddah,” puppet theatre, “Ortaoyunu” and stage magic. Traditional theater, which has an important place in Anatolian culture, is the essence of contemporary Turkish theater.
Fine arts which have been produced since mankind’s earliest days are an integral part of Turkish culture too.
Opera and ballet thrived on these soils particularly during the establishment of the Turkish Republic.
The major works of numerous writers and poets have laid the foundation of Turkish literature for so many centuries. Turkish literature continues to grow and evolve nowadays.
National and religious holidays are celebrated with great enthusiasm in Turkey every year. Religious holidays are celebrated at different time periods every year.