I am still surprised that in a Muslim country there is celebrated an event that holds great significance for Christians – Christmas. It may be because it is the first time I am away from my family and my country during this period and I didn’t expect to see that opening which Turkish people showed to a holiday that it is not related to their religion. But wait, it’s Izmir that I am talking about, so let’s see some proofs of Christmas being celebrated in this amazing city of Turkey.
Firstly, there can be seen decorations that bring the Christmas spirit into the shopping malls, like this huge Christmas tree🎄:
But there are also small shops on the streets, where little and beautifully decorated Christmas trees can be seen, like these ones:
At the same time, Christmas festivities and events are being organised here in Izmir by oficial institutions (Embassies, Consulates) and educational institutions (like Institut Français de Turquie). 👍👍👍
Therefore, a Christmas and New Year’s Eve Market was organised by Institut Français de Turquie between 13-15 December 2018o, where both tourists and locals had the opportunity to feel a little bit the Christmas Spirit.
Well, as it can be clearly seen in the picture above, Santa Clause🎅 didn’t disappoint and made his appearance. (Turkish Tea on the left??? asking for a friend🤣🤣🤣)
Turks actually celebrate what they call “Noel” on New Year’s Eve and also decorate trees and exchange gifts with love ones. In cosmopolitan areas especially, streets and shopping centers are decked out in stunning Christmas decorations and you may even spot a Santa or two.🔝🔝🔝 Although for the most part, Christmas is just a regular day here in Turkey, there are a number of events and Christmas Eve masses held in Turkey’s historical churches and impressive restaurants that will make this holiday one to remember.
Now, let’s have a look at these Izmir traditional snowballs:
…which are, literally, sandballs🤣🤣🤣
So, as a conclusion, there are many ways for spending the Christmas holiday in Izmir/Turkey, whether you want tell Santa a story and be given a gift near the traditional Christmas tree, or go to the beach and make the beautiful, blue, though cold Aegean Sea your witness for your next year’s plans and wishes.
Enjoy and have a wonderful time with your loved ones!😎🤲