Turk­ish cul­ture in race pro­moted in cap­i­tal

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Sports -

THE HIS­TORY, tourism, so­cial and cul­tural as­pects of the old Ot­toman cap­i­tal Edirne that in­flu­enced po­etry, hosted Ot­toman art and has been men­tioned in books, the prov­inces of Kırk­lareli and Tekir­dağ will en­liven the cap­i­tal Ankara with the pro­mo­tion days of the re­gion that will be or­ga­nized at the Atatürk Cul­tural Cen­ter be­tween April 19 and 22. The First Thrace Pro­mo­tion Days, which is held with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of the Trakya De­vel­op­ment Agency, Foun­da­tion of Thra­cians and Ruan Fair Or­ga­ni­za­tion, will bring fa­mous meals from the re­gion and tra­di­tions to­gether with peo­ple in the cap­i­tal.

A sim­i­lar event to “Bocuk Night,” which is a thou­sand-year-old tra­di­tional part of Turk­ish cul­ture and dates back to the Mid­dle Ages, will take place at the First Thrace In­tro­duc­tory Days. Leg­end says that on this night, which is a sym­bol of the hard­est night of win­ter, a hu­man-like crea­ture in white called Bocuk wan­ders and does not harm the houses where zuc­chini is cooked. Crepes are also pre­pared for this night when fam­i­lies, neigh­bors and rel­a­tives come to­gether. Youth scare their neigh­bors, wear­ing sheets and say­ing, “Bocuk is com­ing.” It is also be­lieved that if a piece of wood thrown in wa­ter in a house is found frozen the next morn­ing, the fam­ily in the house will be healthy and strong through­out the year.

FOLK DANCES, WRESTLING

Vis­i­tors will wit­ness col­or­ful scenes at Kakava Fes­ti­val, which is called “Hıdırellez” in Thrace and re­flects the joy and en­thu­si­asm of tens of thou­sands of peo­ple who en­joy the re­gion and fire shows. Roma folk dances also will make peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence en­ter­tain­ing mo­ments. The Cumhuriyet Kadın­ları Korosu (Repub­lic Women’s Choir) con­sist­ing of 40 women be­tween the ages of 40 and 80 will sing var­i­ous songs. While the Edirne Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Band, which is one of the old­est mu­nic­i­pal­ity bands in Tur­key, per­forms, the sound of the clar­inet will en­chant lis­ten­ers. Oil wrestling matches by Edirne’s Kırkpı­nar wrestlers, which is an an­ces­tral sport with leg­endary roots, will be acted out as well.

600 YEAR OLD WORKS OF ART

Edirnekari art, which is a 600-year-old or­na­men­tal art cre­ated by ar­ti­sans from Edirne in the sec­ond part of the 15th cen­tury, will be pre­sented for the in­ter­est of vis­i­tors. Broom-mak­ing, one of the old­est crafts in Edirne, hand­made soaps from the re­gion and tra­di­tional meals -such as Tekir­dağ meat, Edirne liver, cheese halva, marzi­pan, fa­mous Kavala cook­ies, Thra­cian va­ri­eties of cheese and su­cuk, the indige­nous drink hardaliye, and milk and dairy prod­ucts -will also be brought to Ankara for the pro­mo­tional days.

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