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Like many other countries in the Mediterranean the Turkish community has many customs that are quite interesting to observe. The one that is extremely noticeable is their approach to hospitality. Turkish people are extremely welcoming; expect to hear them greet you with the words “hosgeldiniz”, this mean “welcome”.

You’ll also notice that you will hear a call to prayer from the local mosque, as devout Muslims pray five times a day.

Another noticeable custom is the removal of shoes before entering a home. This means that you’ll often see shoe racks outside houses on the patio, or to the side of the outside doorway of an apartment.

It’s also very normal for men to show open displays of infection, as Turkish men have no qualms about linking arms and it is very normal for two men to greet each other with one kiss on each cheek.

It is by no means any reflection on their masculinity! Other noticeable customs can be observed at meal times, no meal in Turkey is rushed, so sit back and relax and enjoy each and every course.

An evening meal kicks off with mezes (starters) main course dishes accompanied by bread and salad; followed up by a sweet (if you still have room for more).

Like other Med countries Turkish people speak with their hands, you’ll notice that words are emphasized by the flick of the hand or a quick shake of the head.

Another comical custom of Turkish people is there brutal honesty which is sometimes seen as a lack of being PC.

For example if a Turkish person notices that you’ve gained a few pounds they’ll quite openly tell you that you’re looking a little bit on the plumper side.

Or they quite happily ask you quite personal questions such as are you married, what is your job, why aren’t not married, why you don’t have any children.

Turkish people will ask you these questions, even if they don’t know you.

The main thing is not to take offence, it’s quite normal for a Turkish person to just come right out and ask what would be regarded as a “personal” question to a complete stranger.

One could say that they are just curious and not accustomed to taking their time to ask such questions of people they don’t know that well.

Turkish men are very masculine and act as providers, but when it comes to coming across babies they turn to mush and quite happily coo, pick up and kiss and embrace children.

Infact in Turkey it’s custom to spoil and smother kids lots of kisses and hugs.

As Turkey is a Muslim country you’ll also notice that traditional Turkish women keep their heads covered with scarves.

If you’re holidaying in Turkey it’s respectful to bring a t-shirt or a kaftan to cover up when you are walking around or hopping on the bus after a day at the beach.

Although Turkeys is a popular tourist destination, Turkey is also still quite a modest nation.

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