Merry Christmas :) -Sezer SALMAN-

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🙂

Caglar Eker

Adıyaman Folk Dance :))

Reasons to visit Turkey (Hasan Ekinci/Adıyaman)

Natural Beauty:

Turkey has really great natural beauties. If you like climbing, surfing, parachuting you can use this reason to visit Turkey 🙂

Examples;

Denizli Pamukkale

A wonderful place: ‘Pamukkale’. I can not describe how beautiful it is. You must see there…

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Kaz Mountains

It is between Çanakkale and Balıkesir.  It is absolutely wonder of nature. When you see the photos you will agree with me 🙂

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Alaçatı İzmir

İzmir is especially famous thanks to its wonderful sea and their beautiful girls 🙂 You can visit İzmir even just see sporting activities.

Photos from İzmir:

Nevşehir Cappadocia

A different natural and historical beauty Cappadocia ‘Peri Bacaları’ 

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And some other natural beauties: Uludağ, Floating Islands, Van Lake…

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Historical Beauty:

Adıyaman Nemrut Mountain

It is abolutely wonderful place because it was built in 62 BC but even now if want to build it you have to spend centuries. Still nobody knows how it was built. If you ask me I think it was made by genies. 🙂

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I hope you like…  I will add more places… Adıyaman Hasan Ekinci –  facebook.com/cwhasanekinci

Christmas in Spain

Hello,I’m Teresa from Murcia and I’m going to tell you Christmas traditions in Spain and in my family.
In my view, Christmas is the most special holiday because we meet our family.
There are also three things, which make Christmas special: the Belen, the villancicos and the Christmas sweets.
BELÉN
With this, we remember Jesus birth. It is composed sculptures, the main ones are Jesus, Saint Joseph and the Virgin Mary; there are more sculptures like the shepherds, the sheeps or the Three Wise Men with their camels.

VILLANCICOS
Are Christmas songs relatated with Christmas and Jesus birth.

As I said before Christmas is very special because we meet our family; we meet them in several days:
CHRISTMAS EVE
It’s 24 December; this day we have dinner with our families. In my family is typical sing villancicos after dinner while my mum plays the guitar. Lot of people go to the church at twelve o’clock, this is called Misa Del Gallo.

CHRISTMAS DAY
It is the 25 December. In the morning, I usually go to the church and after i go to have lunch with my family.

NEW YEAR’S EVE
It’s the 31 December, the last day of the year.
This day I have dinner with my family and when it’s twelve seconds to twelve we eat twelve grapes, one each second while a bell rings.
After the grapes there’s a party where we dance and sing until early morning.


5TH JANUARY
This day I have dinner with my mum’s family in my grandparents house and after dinner we eat Roscón de Reyes and chocolate.

6TH JANUARY
The Three Wise Men bring us presents in our houses. This morning I have breakfast with mi dad’s family and we have churros with chocolate.

This is the Christmas in Spain, Merry Christmas to everybody!

customs of spain in christmas time/costumbres españolas en navidad

In christmas time , there are a lot of customs in Spain:

1- THE BETHLEHEM

it´s a usually tradition in Spain , to put holy figures in the Bethlehem , in every houses there is a Bethlehem in a important place of home. Is the conmemoration of Mesias´s birth. there are the baby, three kings  , the mother ,the father and pastors who came the bring presents for the baby.

2-THE CHRISTMAS TREE

It´s very typical to find in our houses , a christmas tree , with chistmas decoration an the most important thing , the holy star.                                                  But in Spain we put the presents under the tree , but , I think it´s the same in worldwide.

3-“LOS REYES MAGOS´´

They are three kings bring a lot of presents for every children , who have done well in the last year , they come in their camels following the holy star.            And there is a procession for them.

   

4-CHRISTMAS DINNER

In Spain , a lot of people meet with his family , and they eat a lot of food togheter, it´s a typical tradition of Spain.It´s in the 24 of December , and the christmas time it´s the 25 of December.

5-“MISA DEL GALLO´´

And , to end the year there is a event in a church , it´s at 12 o´clock the 31 of December , it´s very long , and we celebrate the last and the new year.   A lot of people go to the church for listen to.

6- “SAN SILVESTRE´´

It´s a long race to end the year , arround 7 kilometres , you can run if you want, everypeople can participate , it isn´t neccesary be a professional runner, the most famous race in Spain is the Vallecan race , because the most famous person run it. it´s a big gift for the winner.The people to run often disguise  , but not everybody.

FOR ME , THESE ARE THE MOST FAMOUS SPAIN´S CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS . THANK YOU

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MURCIA!

Hi everybody! It’s Carmen Marina again, and I want to wish you a merry Christmas. Hope the Turkish and French students enjoyed in Spain! I loved the experience of being with all of you.

So.. I’m going to talk about some Christmas customs from Murcia.

1. ‘El Belén’

One of the main traditions is the Bethlehem, a miniature representation of the Holy Family on the birth of Christ together with the shepherds, Reyes Magos, etc.. Put in homes and can be a true work of art.
Traditionally, this Bethlehem with children and come together over the house to sing carols, Christmas songs accompanied by tambourines and bagpipes.

2.  Eve dinner and ‘Misa de Gallo’

The tradition of Nochebuena (Christmas Eve night) is quite familiar. In fact, until recently, the bars and restaurants did not open that night. It makes a familiar character dinner, the menu today is very varied, the most common being the seafood or poultry (turkey, capon, etc.), But until recently, each region had a typical dinner.
The desserts usually consist of nougat and marzipan, desserts both of Arabic origin made ​​with almonds and honey, which once took in the coffee shops in town but now, most are industrial production.

The ‘Misa de Gallo’ consists in the Christian celebration of the birth of Baby Jesus. His two readings and the gospel narrative focus on the birth in Bethlehem.

At 24:00 practicing Catholics go to the ‘Misa de Gallo’  Currently, young people, after dinner and family gatherings, come to celebrate the Christmas party with friends.

            

3. The Christmas Day meal

The Christmas Day meal was a big party of the year, the family gathered in the broadest sense (grandparents, uncles, cousins​​, etc. ..) and put the best clothes in the house, the best dishes, etc. .. .

What was the typical ‘Caldo con pelotas and the ‘Tronco de Navidad’ (a kind of Swiss roll cake covered with chocolate).

4. The Carols and ‘The Day of the Innocents

Children roam the streets in gangs singing carols from house to house and asking for the “aguinaldo” (sweet, some coins, etc). This tradition has lost much in big cities, but it is still preserved in the villages.

On the 28th of December is the day of the innocent, the day is allowed to play tricks on people. As we see, Christmas is a time full of fun for the kids.

            

5. New Year’s Eve

The tradition of New Year’s Eve is the most widespread of the Twelve Grapes.

It consists of eating a grape each chime of the clock giving the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, at 12 pm on December 31, before, of course, accompanied with a nice dinner at the family meeting. It is said that those who do not eat 12 grapes before the end of the stroke will have a year of bad luck.

In some years now, it has become too fashionable to wear red underwear: panties, underwear, a garter, etc..

This event was broadcast live on television. The Spanish, in their homes, waiting for the moment the first bell to eat twelve grapes, 36 seconds before midnight. You eat a grape every three seconds, one for each chime. Previously, before the bell, a metal ball down the clock and sound four quarters.

After this ritual, the young come out to celebrate New Year.

                     

6. ‘Los Reyes  Magos’

The day dedicated to children’s ‘Noche de Reyes’. On 5th January we witness the arrival of the Magi, who come in and parade through the streets of towns and cities throwing candy. Then to bed early that night because the Magi, if we’ve done well, we will bring everything I’ve asked.
If we have not done well, we will leave coal.
Much of this tradition, has been moved to Christmas Eve, where Santa Claus arrives, so that children take advantage of school holidays to play with gifts, but the illusion is still in ‘Los Reyes Magos’.

THAT’S ALL, HOPE YOU ENJOYED! (;

MURCIA, VISIT IT!

Hello! I’m Antonio from Murcia, Spain, and i’m going to present my beautiful city.

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1. Presentation

Murcia is a Spanish city, located in the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula on the River Segura. With 442,200 inhabitants Murcia is ranked 7th in the list of municipalities in Spain by population.

2. The weather

It has got a mediterranean weather, with mild winters and hot summers (average temperature: 17,8 ºC) with little rainfall and a lot of sunny days.

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3. Monument and attractions

3.1 The Cathedral

The landmark of the city is the Cathedral of Santa Maria, it presents different styles of architecture, especially Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

3.2 The Town Hall

It is a building of the XIX century, neoclassical style located in the ‘Plaza de la Glorieta’.

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3.3 Segura River

This river crosses the city of Murcia with many beautiful bridges.

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3.4 The Casino

It works like a private club, open for tours and other events.

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 3.5 Plaza Santo Domingo

It’s a nice place to have a drink or enjoy a walk.

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3.6 Museo Salzillo

It’s dedicated exclusively to works by the sculptor Francisco Salzillo.

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3.7 El Santuario de La Fuensanta

In this shrine is the image of the Virgen de la Fuensanta, patron saint of the city of Murcia and the orchard.

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Murcia city has no beach, but just a half hour we found the sea. The Mar Menor is well known, is a lagoon with environmental values ​​to be protected.

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 4. Typical food

4.1 First dish

MURCIAN SALAD: Developed with tomato, tuna, hard boiled eggs, olives…

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PASTEL DE CARNE: A tipical meat pieImagen

4.2 Second dish

RICE WITH RABBIT OR VEGETABLES

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COOKED WITH MEATBALLS: with potatoes, meat, carrot, chickpeas

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4.3 Dessert

PAPARAJOTE: Typical dessert of the Murcian orchard made with leaves of lemon

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TORTA DE PASCUA: Easter Cake

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5. Typical festivals

5.1 Bando de la huerta

All the Murcian dress in the traditional costume and spend a good day in the street

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5.2 Entierro de la sardina

It’s a ceremony announcing the end of Carnival at various points of Spain

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5.3 Feria de septiembre (September fair)

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Thanks por watch! A hug 😀