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1001 Faces of Istanbul

Istanbul...
... one of those places difficult to define. Some would call it 'capital of the World' or 'capital of the Empire', others 'cradle of cultures' and others 'the worst place to live'; ' hell on earth'.

I've spent more than 1001 days in this city and I still find it difficult to reply to a simple question: 'What is Istanbul like?' Maybe it's because I have been here too long and I've come to realise that there is no simple answer to this question. Istanbul has many faces, many nuances if you will. It is difficult to explain them to a total stranger or a person who has never visited the city. Even though you have visited the city once, you have probably lifted only one veil from its face. If you were born here, this doesn't make you an Istanbul expert neither.

You have to get to know Istanbul slowly, day by day, page by page, neighbourhood by neighbourhood. This is actually very difficult because neighbourhoods are…

Srečno 1395!

Nevruz, Diyarbakir (nationalturk.com)

Nowruz ali nevruz je praznik pomladi, ki ga v Turčiji praznuje predvsem kurdska manjšina. Za Kurde je nevruz eden izmed najpomembnejših praznikov, praznujejo pa ga od 18.- 21. Praznovanje doseže svoj vrhunec 21. marca, na dan pomladnega enakonočja. Veliko bolj kot v Turčiji, je ta dan pomemben v Iranu, saj 21. marca praznujejo novo leto. Po perzijsko, Norwuz pomeni ''novi dan''. Perzijci tako 20. ali 21. marca praznujejo novo leto in tudi začetek pomladi. Praznovanje v Iranu doseže svoj vrhunec prav v času solsticija, ni pomembno ali se to zgodi podnevi ali ponoči. 20. marca 2016 bodo tako praznovali novo leto 1395.


Po legendi, naj bi ta praznik slavil zmago nad demonskih kraljem Zahhakom. Praznik zaznamujejo kresi, ples in petje turških in kurdskih pesmi. Ljudje se oblečejo v tipična
Preskakovanje ognja (telegraph.co.uk)
kurdska oblačila in lokalne noše, prizorišča pa so pogosto okrašena s ''kurdskimi barvami'' - rdečo, zeleno in rumeno. V Turčiji so praznovanja organizirana v četrtih in mestih z večinsko kurdskim prebivalstvo - na primer Diyarbakir.

Zaradi terorističnih napadov v Ankari in pa spopado na vzhodu Turčije (v večinoma kurdskih mestih), praznovanje letos ne bo tako veselo. V nekaterih mestih je praznovanje dovoljeno le v ponedeljek, 21. marca (2016).





Zanimv video, o praznovanju in pomenu nevruza, si lahko ogledate tukaj:


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