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Turkish Food
Turkey is famous for its cuisines. Its rich and abundant store of flora and fauna and the combination of different cultures such as the Mediterranean and the
Chinese has contributed to the varied cuisines in Turkey. The constant modifications in the usual dishes also, call for its diversity.

The Turkish State of Anatolia is a quite old and therefore has displays a variety of cuisines. Apart from the flora and fauna, the control over the Spice Route and the urge in the previous generations to learn new recipes which can still be witnessed are the soul reason for the delicious Turkish food. The different proverbs also substantiate this fact. One such proverb is “eat sweet and speak sweet”. Turkey specializes in varied dishes such as bread items, meze dishes, grilled meat, and varied desserts.

Turkish People
Turkish people are those people mainly, who belong to the country of Turkey. But in today's world the Turkish people can be found all over the world in several other countries than only in Turkey. There are several traits and features that characterize the Turkish people. Among these several distinctive traits of the Turkish people there are their rich cultural heritages, their distinctive language and many other traits and features.

Turkish people have their very rich cultural heritages that are evident in the fields of music, dance and other performing and non-performing arts. The reasons behind the rich culture of Turkish people are the influences of several empires. Turkish culture is painted heavily with many folded influences from the Ottoman Empire. There is lots of evidence in the culture of Turkish people that their culture has taken many aspects from European cultures as well. As a result, the cultural heritages of the Turkish people are an exciting blend of modernism with the traditional Turkish life.

Turkish Art
Turkish art is a combination of various forms of Turkish culture. Because a art form generally refers to various other forms and fields of art work as well. As a result, Turkish art refers to Turkish paintings, architecture, music, dances, literature and many other forms of art. Turkish art tradition has richness in itself. This richness and heritages of Turkish art has come from the influences of several empires and other cultures that have come closer to the Turkish civilization and society.

Turkish Dance
Turkish dance is a very important and inseparable part of the rich heritage of Turkish culture. There are several forms of Turkish dance that are extremely popular among the people in Turkey. Turkish dances have created such an interest among people that some Turkish dance forms have won immense popularity in several countries around the world.

Turkish dance are of several types as there are several tribes in among the Turkish people who have their particular culture and dance forms. Some of the famous Turkish dance forms are, Halay, Karsilama, Hora, Zeybek, the belly dance and many other forms of dances. Halay is the national dance of Turkey. It has originated from the empire of Assyrian. In this dance form the dancers form a circle holding each other by hand or shoulder and the first and the last dancer hold a piece of cloth. This dance is accompanied by traditional musical instruments.

Turkish Music
Turkish music has a rich history and tradition of its own. Turkish music originated back in the 11th century at a time when the Seljuk Turks spanned their kingdom by including both Anatolia and Persia. As a result in the Turkish music there are influences from both these two regions and kingdoms. Turkish music can be divided into several periods and music groups. But essentially, Turkish music can be divided into two groups. These two groups are, classical Turkish music and folk music.

Classical Turkish music is actually the Ottoman music that is associated with the higher society. This classical music has been developed through centuries together and has several branches in it. Turkish classical, music has two main branches like the Harem music that evolved with the particular form of dance known as the belly dancing. There is another form of Turkish classical music, the military music. This has also typical Turkish quality in it. Turkish classical music is always accompanied with classical musical instruments like, tanbur, ney, kanun and some others.

Turkish Bath
Turkish bath is a very popular attraction in Turkey. This is actually a kind of spa or sauna in Turkey. The name by which Turkish bath is generally known is 'Hamman'. This term has several meanings. The root of this term in Arabic language means heat. But generally Hamman means bathroom or toilet. Turkish bath or Hamman are very popular in this country and fetch a number of visitors also. Turkish bath is an important part of Turkish culture for long since it has been a place of many important social gathering and activities.

Turkish Clothing
Turkish clothing is an important part of their rich culture. Like the Turkish culture which has become rich being influenced by several empires and their own set of practices, Turkish clothing has also a very rich and variegated tradition of its own. Apart from the natural difference between men and women clothing, there are several other differences in Turkish clothing which depends on several occasions.

Turkey Entertainment
Turkey is a place throbbing with life. There is a variety of entertainment to be found in Turkey.
Turkey is a place rich in culture and and various forms of entertainment. There are an assortment of clubs, bars and inns in Turkey, along with many cultural events and pastimes. It is a great place to be for tourists and local residents alike. The cultural events that happen in Turkey, including spectacular dances, speak a lot about rich culture and heritage.

Turkish Language
Turkish Language is mainly used in Turkey. Around 65-73 million people speak in this language all over the world. Some of the Cyprus, Greece and European people speak in this language. The root of the language lies in Central Asia. The date of the first written records can be traced back to 1,200 years.

Turkish Language is influenced by Ottoman Turkish which is now replaced with a phonetic variant of the Latin alphabet. Recently Turkish Language Association has decided to remove Persian and Arabic words to facilitate the native variants.

International Istanbul Festival
International Istanbul Festival is one of the major festivals of Turkey. It takes place at Istanbul, the most important city of Turkey. This colorful festival is full of life. Dance, song, music make the festival awesome. To get the cultural essence people should visit Turkey during this festival.

International Istanbul Festival includes diverse annual arts festival. The International Istanbul Music Festival is held at Hagia Eirene Museum and Ataturk Cultural Center. The classical or traditional music concert is held inside the 4th-century St. Irene's Church which was made by Emperor Constantine.

Izmir International Festival
Izmir International Festival is organized by Izmir Culture, Art and Education Foundation. People believe that this will make an important contribution to Izmir's candidacy for the EXPO 2015. Izmir International Festival 2007 is the 21st Festival. Maurice Bejart, Robin Gibb was among the guests.

Izmir International Festival is organized by Izmir Culture, Art and Education Foundation. People believe that this will make an important contribution to Izmir's candidacy for the EXPO 2015. Izmir International Festival 2007 is the 21st Festival. Maurice Bejart, Robin Gibb was among the guests.
Beginning in the mid-June it continues till mid-July. It has been organized since 1987. Some of the great soloists, virtuosi, orchestras, dance troupes, rock and jazz groups come to join the festival.


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