Turkish Hospitality

The mentality of Turkish hospitality is whatever religion you are from, whichever country you come from, whatever language you speak, you are God’s Guest.

Turkish Hospitality - Image Credit: hometurkey.com

Turkish Hospitality – Image Credit: hometurkey.com

Traditional Turkish Hospitality

Visitors to Turkey are often pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the Turkish people, who will go out of their way to assist and happily spend time chatting.

Hospitality is a cornerstone of Turkish culture, and Turkish people believe that visitors should be treated as Guests sent by God. This attitude has survived to the 21st century and does not appear to have been diminished by mass tourism. In fact, quite the reverse, most Turks welcome the opportunity to meet foreign visitors, learn about different cultures and practice their language skills.

Hospitable Turkish People, Safranbolu, Karabuk

Hospitable Turkish People, Safranbolu, Karabuk

Turkish Hospitality in the Eye of Foreigners

Here is thought from Leyla  Yvonne Ergil:

“When I think of the word hospitality, what comes to mind is a Turkish “abla” or “teyze,” ushering me into her home, giving me slippers from their collection or even taking the shoes off her own very feet to make sure mine are covered. Then I imagine entering an impeccably clean home, being given a cup of freshly brewed tea or Turkish coffee and more often than not tidbits that include the usual culprits of olives, cheese or nuts. Trying to leave can also be trying, not only will you most likely be bombarded with a bag of something they have picked or collected as a gift, but also a new wave of conversation almost always begins as you try to leave but get stuck chatting with the host between the cracked door. One thing is certainly true and that is that it is very rare to leave a Turkish home empty-handed. Meanwhile, although always appreciated, as the guest you are not expected to arrive with anything, contrary to Western traditions.” You can read the full article of Leyla from here.

Let’s see what Andrea Schröder experienced in Istanbul:

“I once was given free meal from a salesman in a restaurant, because I got lost in the streets of Istanbul and asked for the way back. I was accompanied by a kind man, who waited at the same bus station and recognized that I totally don’t know how to go home – he got on the bus with me, showed me the right way and got back to “his” station on his own, after I got there safe. There were two boys who saw that I don’t know where the sight is I wanted to go; they made sure that I’ll reach my goal and totally didn’t care about their own plans they had for that afternoon. A very old man with a crutch once stood up for me in the metrobus and offered his seat. Every day in Istanbul offered surprises for me, regarding the endless hospitality of the people. I never expected that much, when I came to this city – I was overwhelmed by the people and their selfless behavior many times.” You can read the full article of Andrea from here.

FAMILY RELATIONS

Family relations are very nice within Turkish people. They respect their older and support each other in every way. Parents do support their children financially until they get married. When the child gets married the financial support may continue but it is expected that the new family could earn enough and manage their livings.

Hand Kissing of Elderly

Hand kissing of elderly is a tradition in Turkey

Children do care very much about their older. They take care of their older and support them when they get old or sick both financially and mentally. This relation is a kind of boomerang, older support children when they are young, children support their elder when they are old.

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