"How Turkey Has Changed" Turkey Local Custom Tip by deecat

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  Turkish Women Today
by deecat

Before 1923, Turkish customs were way different than they are today. For instance, beofe 1923, a Turkish woman usually never left her home without putting a veil over her face, and a Turkish man usually covered his head with a fez [a still red cap shaped like a flowerpot turned upside town]. Today the fez is not worn at all. In fact, now it's against the law for a Turk to war a fez!

The reason for the change was to make the people more like Europens in their behavior and their ideas. The Turks strongly objected to the government rules. There were even riots against the new laws. But the people, for the most part, obeyed the law, and gradually the Turks have given up wearing other traditional Turkish clothes [such as the baggy trousers which had been worn by both men and women]. On festive occasions or in country places is where you would see them presently.

Even though women gave up wearing veils, they wear large headscarves instead, and they do cover their faces with the corners when they are near strange men.

Turkey today is a country in which the Muslim religion receives no special privileges and has no influence on the government even though 98 out of every 100 Turks are Muslim.

Turkey is not wholly westernized and probably never will be. Five times each day a voice [usually over a loudspeaker says, "There is no god but God, and Muhammad is his prophet." That is the Muslim call to prayer, so Muslims stop to pray no matter what they are doing or where they are.

I personally am glad that Turkey is not completely westernized; that's what makes it so unique and so lovely.

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  • Written Aug 21, 2005
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