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Hıdırellez? (Celebrating the start of summer)

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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

May 10, 2015

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Selcen_Ozturk

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

May 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

Oh, that sounds like a lovely way to handle a wish! :)

May 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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!

May 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

Oh my! :) Did your wishes come true? :)

May 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ektoraskan

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

May 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

:D How did that turn out? ;)

May 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/miacomet

Hah, based on your activity on Duo, that must have worked out. You seriously seem like a superhuman language learner sometimes.

May 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jgstcd

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.

May 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

Oh, interesting observation! Hadn't thought of that! :)

May 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vastasio

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!

May 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

Hi vastasio, Thanks for sharing! It does look fun! :)

May 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vastasio

Yes, very fun ;) another tip I remember, the tradition says that if you express a desire in that night, it will become true...

May 11, 2015
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