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Hıdırellez? (Celebrating the start of summer)

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Photo gallery: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=447=2520=1#2173

Did anyone celebrate this? Or does anyone know more about it? :)

"The harbinger of summer in the Turkic cultural world, Hıdırellez, was celebrated with various festivities on the evening of May 5, with gatherings across Turkey. " (article continues at link below...)

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/festival-for-start-of-summer-hidirellez-celebrated-across-turkey.aspx?pageID=238=82043=341

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Selcen_Ozturk
Selcen_Ozturk
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most of us don't really celebrate it but still have some wishes :) So we "draw" our wish and then either bury it under a rose bush or throw it on some sort of water; river, lake, sea etc

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
tnel1
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Oh, that sounds like a lovely way to handle a wish! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ektoraskan

I remember my mom forcing me to write down a wish of mine on a piece of paper. I was like "Okay, fine, I'll do it some time," but she wouldn't have it. She would insist: "No, I know you won't. I'm going out now to run some errands, and I'll bury the papers on my way back. So do it now!" ;p It was a serious thing for her!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
tnel1
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Oh my! :) Did your wishes come true? :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ektoraskan

Nah, I was just a kid and would write down things like: "Dear Hıdırellez. I wanna be the Superman. Yours sincerely."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
tnel1
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:D How did that turn out? ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/miacomet
miacomet
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Hah, based on your activity on Duo, that must have worked out. You seriously seem like a superhuman language learner sometimes.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jgstcd
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So seasons in Turkey begin and end at the cross quarters rather than the solstices and equinoxes? That's the traditional Celtic way of reckoning them. Irish usage still more or less follows that.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
tnel1
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Oh, interesting observation! Hadn't thought of that! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vastasio
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I've been there in 2010...a kind of folk music festival and a lot of people to attend... anyway great night...unfortunately i don't remember perfectly for various reasons :), but i can say I enjoyed it a lot!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
tnel1
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Hi vastasio, Thanks for sharing! It does look fun! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vastasio
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Yes, very fun ;) another tip I remember, the tradition says that if you express a desire in that night, it will become true...

3 years ago