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Turkish traditions

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 and experience Turkish life .

In this topic we give you those Turkish traditions which you can find in visiting 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

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 culture this behavior is very important.

Pay for Dinner

One of the common traditional behaviors in the Turkish society is to pay for someone’s dinner, tea or Turkish coffee.

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, Besiktas 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.

The Names

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  Turkish customs things in Turkey is pour some water behind family members or 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.

13 Turkish traditions you might not knowThe EVIL EYE

In direct disbelief of Islamic traditions, the evil eye, also called the evil eye, remains in offices, houses, in transport, and even companies. Turks think this talisman wards off wicked, and even these days, along with including significantly in Turkish culture, it is especially among the top advised of Turkish women mementos to purchase

Likewise, when an infant is birthed, loved ones will typically provide it an evil eye for protection. Turks love children, so do not be amazed if your youngster gets their undivided attention. The kids additionally enhance family size, so they represent a symbol of boosted toughness. Pregnancy is the following natural point to do after marriage, and anybody avoiding parent, or incapable of conceiving can end up being the target of chatter, or socially doubted in some regions.

Considering that maternity is a presumed must, lots of practices focus on it, such as desires or figuring out the sex. However, in up-to-date locations, pairs are looking to the clinical career to finding out the sex of their child. In some smaller cities, some mother remains inside your home for 40 days to regain health as well as help their new-born with an excellent begin in life.

13 Turkish traditions you might not know

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