13 Turkish traditions you might not know
It is like any country. Turkey does have many social traditional rules and to discover that you must live long enough among the Turkish society. In this topic we give you those Turkish traditions which you can find in Turkey and also to make you know how to deal with different situations.
Don’t leave Early
In Turkey if you were invited to someone’s home and lift before mid-night it could be a message that you didn’t like the way you were treated in this house. Usually Turkish people are enjoying the long hour visits and enjoy drinking Raki during night.
Sharing foods is a very important thing in the Turkish society. For example if you had guests in your home and you offered them foods or drinks you should eat from the same food you offered it. Another example if you were sick and have been offered a food from someone you should get the dish back with another kind of food that you chose in the same dish. This behavior is very popular in the Turkish society.
When you say it is enough
Before and after meals and as a first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening tea is the most popular drink among Turkish people. They drink a lot of it every day even with the hot weather they can drink liters of that tea. However when you were offered a cup of tea you can find your hosts ready to refill your cup one more time without even telling them to do and this process could be repeated over and over again so you have to put the tea spoon on the top of the cup which means it is enough for you.
Old people first
In Turkey old people get so much respect from the society for example if were about to enter a room so you have first to let the old people to enter the room before you.
You must put it in mind that presents are very important in the Turkish society when you are invited to someone’s home make sure to have a present such as chocolate. Flowers, delicious pies, Sweets, and be careful not to give any alcoholic drinks as a gift unless you make sure your hosts drink them.
Take off your shoes
You must take off your shoes when you visit someone’s home and put them in front of the door even if the hosts told you not to. In the Turkish society this behavior is very important.
One of the common traditional behaviors in the Turkish society is to pay for someone’s dinner. The individual payment for dinner or any food among friends or hosts is something very weird in the Turkish society. And if you offered to pay for your dinner the offer will be politely refused from your hosts and all you can do is to thank them and you can later do the same to them in another situation.
You must to know that Turkish people are very fanatic for their country and most of the time they have their strong positive opinions in politics. One of the horrible things is to insult the Turkish flag or to insult the founder of the Turkish republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. It is a very bad behavior among Turkish people which they consider it as a personal insulting. Turkish flag is very honorable in Turkey you can’t sit on it or put it on the ground or use it badly as a wipe or something.
Your personal space
It could be weird for some nationalities but it is normal among Turkish people they don’t leave you get your personal space in some situations as you were used to. Some of them could stand beside you while you are speaking and you don’t have to go back because it could be considered as a bad behavior. Also to touch someone without their permission is not a polite thing
To Begin a Conversation
To begin a conversation with the Turkish people you may start talking about the Turkish history. Turkish people are very proud with their history and land and they will be so excited to answer you. One of the common conversations among Turkish people also is the football which is very important in Turkey. The most popular teams in The Turkish football are Galatasaray, Besktas and Fenarbahce. When it comes to politics you have to know that Turkish people are experts in the political conversations so it would be better if you step away from the political conversations unless if you want the conversation to be a dynamic one.
In Turkey men usually are called by their first names and then followed by Bey which means master for example Kameron Bey. Women are called with their first names and followed by the word Hanim. If they have professional title so they have to be called with. Not for doctors or teacher just with lawyers (Avocat), Engineer (Muhendis).
Water for luck
In Turkey when a person put salts over someone’s shoulders that means good wishes before journeys. Also one of the common things in Turkey is pour some water behind someone when they go for a long distance and you can find them saying words like ‘’ su gibi git, gel ‘’ which means like water go and come
Be careful when you use your hands.
Sometimes we use our hands when we talk and don’t know what it could mean when we make a specific gesture. In Turkey for example when you put your index finger and thumb as a circle shape such as O letter it means that person is pervert. So don’t try to make such a gesture. Another gesture when you combine your index finger with your middle finger that could be very insulting and bad one.
Some of the things that you should avoid in Turkey
- Blowing from your nose or sucking your teeth during meals these are very bad behaviors in Turkey
- Putting your leg in front of others
- Do not point finger to someone
- Chewing gum while you are talking is not a polite thing
- Swearing in public or be drunk in public are very bad thing in Turkey
Besides all these rules you must to know that Turkish people are very friendly and kind and they will do their best for you to please you. They won’t care so much if you did some simple mistakes and for them as a foreigner they don’t expect you to know all the rules and they will appreciate that when they see you trying to follow these steps.