Turkey is a Moslem country. Although there are Catholic
and Jewish minorities, mostly Turks are Moslems. The Turkish minorities
live in peace with Turkish Moslems and have their own places of worship.
You will find churches and synagogues all over Istanbul.
For the Moslems, December 24th is not a date that
commemorates Jesus' birth . They do have Jesus at their Koran
(Moslems' Holy book) but the mostly important figure in their
religion is Mohammed the prophet.
At the end of the year, Istanbul will be decorated
with lights all over it's main streets, but this is done to
commemorate the new year.
Interesting things could be seen in Istanbul as Santa
Claus gives sweets to children on the streets or shopping malls and
Christmas trees have a place in some Turkish houses and shops.
This is a sign that the west mentality has come to Turkey.
Another interesting fact is that they give each other
a gift at new year eve but not on the 24th of December.
Here are some orginal gifts you can
give in Xmas:
If you want to buy a Turkish hand made Christmas gift we recommend
Different types of bags, backpacks, telephone books and shoes,
all made with quality kilim (Turkish rug) and leather.
More shopping !!!
If you want to come to Turkey on Xmas contact
us we can help you find your way out.