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I have been in Macedonia since 23rd of November 2019 and I have to admit even though it seems wrong timing to be here in winter, IT IS NOT! Because, I have seen many holidays for 2 months, from Christmas to Saint Days. Let’s see how Macedonian people celebrate these holidays and why they are important for them.

Christmas spirit has started here at the very beginning days of December, 2019. Streets, shops and houses were decorated. Lights were everywhere, Christmas trees were easily seen at every corner and new year wishes were winking at you from house and shop windows.

Some of us were excitedly waiting for the last day of 2019 because it is the day we have Secret Santa! Secret santa is a part of christmas culture. Among group of people, it is drew a number, the name you get is your Secret Santa! After you learn your Secret Santa, you buy a Christmas gift for that person and give it on 31st of December.

Christmas was not the only special event during december. There was a Saint Nichola Day on 19th of December. Saint Nichola is the protector of Prilep. Municipality of Prilep decides which Saint will be the protector and organizes a religious event in the city. I have been there this year. There was a huge crowd in the place of organization, the street was closed to traffic. Also, there were many boxes on long tables. I learnt that there were some traditional Macedonian foods inside of them. After the pope finished praying, these boxes were going to deal among people as free.

At the end of december, many families have a Christmas Eve Dinner. I was very lucky because my dear friend Lela and her family, aunt Lenche and uncle Nikola, invited me to their house for dinner. It was very nice for me to see this Christmas culture in a real home environment and try delicious home made foods. Thanks to Lela’s mother, I ended up the year by tasting an amazing Russian Salad, chicken soup and many more from traditional Macedonian cuisine. I can easily say that, Turkish and Macedonian cuisines have a lot of commons. That’s why, it was easy for me to adapt their food culture. That day, when clocks show 00:00, I suddenly heard the sounds of many fireworks. I rushed out of the room to watch fireworks from balcony. It was amazing!



Moreover, there is an interesting fact made me surprised a little bit. Most of Macedonian people do not celebrate Christmas at 25th of December, they celebrate it at 7th of January because most of the population is Orthodox. One day before Orthodox Christmas, 6th of January is called as Badnik. It is a very special day for them because all family members stay at home and spend time together. Even some of family members are out of town, they come for that day to be with their families. Therefore, you can not see anyone on the streets on Badnik. Again, I was very lucky to celebrate Badnik with Lela and her family. They invited me for Badnik dinner. Like Christmas Eve Dinner, foods were very delicious but there was one difference. Today, they do not consume animal products, everything is prepared without animals products. If you ask my favorite food, I would definitely say SARMA! It is very delicious, we also have it in Turkey but ingredients are a little bit different. Also, there is a special belief about this day, if you eat from everything on the Badnik dinner table, it is believed that you will be very lucky during the year.


As I told you, I came to Macedonia in a perfect time. There are many holidays, special days to experience. Let’s talk about another one, Saint Vasilij. I call it as BUREK DAY, hahah. Of course, it is not the official name of the day. Let me explain why I call it like this. That day, we ordered big Tepsija Burek and sit around it. One of us rotated it 3 times and started to distribute to each of us, relatively. Now, are you ready for the surprise? THERE IS A COIN IN BUREK. Yes, I am not kidding, the one who finds the coin in his piece of börek will be lucky, healhty and blessed during the whole year. Unfortunately, I was not the one who found the coin. The tradition is to drink Joghurt with burek. Macedonian joghurts are something between yoghurt and ayran in Turkey.



When the days are passing and we are almost in the middle of January 2020, Vodici is coming. This year, Vodici was on 20th January. This is an another important religious day for Orthodox people. I could not have a chance to watch it, unfortunately but I watched many videos from previous years. It is organized in each city of Macedonia. People gather around a lake, rive or swimming pool, it depends on the city. For example, Vodici is in Vardar River in Skopje, Ohrid Lake in Ohrid etc. The pope holds a cross and prays for a while. After praying, he throws the cross to the water. People waiting around the lake suddenly jump into the water and try to catch the cross because the cross is holy and keep the one catching it blessed and healthy during the year.

Right know, I am waiting for Procka, it is another traditional day in Macedonia. People celebrate this day by wearing crazy costumes. Also, I recommend you to be careful that day because “Mechkarı”s might pop up! They are Kasap, butcher in english, people wearing bear costumes and walking around the streets. These are all details that I know for know. I am looking forward to see Procka!


As you all know, culture and religion are the most important factors affect the holidays and traditional days of countries. When we look at these days, we can easily see that there are cultural and religous reasons under every holiday and these holidays bring people together and strengthen the bonds among them. It is also good for me to observe and experience other cultures because knowing other cultures while introducing my own culture in a different country makes me have a better understanding of cultures and understand the connection between them. I am very grateful for being part of this in Macedonia. We, humans, make the world where we live together more beautiful by sharing what we have and learning from each other.



In today’s world, there are currently 6912 languages spoken. Turkish is one of the most spoken language in the World. Today, around 250 million people speak Turkish and this number makes Turkish the fifth most spoken language among all languages. Turkey Turkish has the largest amount of people spoken the language among these 250 million people.

Even though Turkish language has their origins in Sumerian sources, first known written source of Turkish language was Göktürk Inscriptions. These inscriptions were written with first Turkish Alphabet by Göktürks. Bilge Kağan, Kül Tigin and Vezir Tonyukuk are the most 3 important ones among 6 inscriptions. They are the first texts where the word “Türk” is mentioned and give information about Göktürk state structure, independence war of Türks, how they get out of Chinese captivity and have started to grow as a state.

Like Göktürks, Uygur State who is another Turkish civilization left some texts about religion, medicine, astronomy, fortune telling and poetry which are written on stones and papers with Uygur Alphabet. In addition to Uygur and Göktürk inscriptions, there are important Old Turkish works belonging to the period of Karahanlı State, Kutadgu Bilig by Yusuf Has Hâcib, Dîvânü Lûgatit-Türk by Kaşgarlı Mahmut, Atabetül-Hakâyık by Edib Ahmet Yükneki and Divân-ı Hikmet by Hodja Ahmet Yesevî. Dîvânü Lûgatit-Türk is the first dictionary of Turkish language.

After Göktürk, Uygur and Karahanlı periods, Turkish language kept developing and changing from region to region in time. North-East Turkish and West Turkish has started to be spoken as separate subsections. After Old Turkish period, West Turkish is the largest and most efficient writing language and is divided into 3 categories as Old Anatolia Turkish, Ottoman Turkish and Turkey Turkish. Old Anatolia Turkish forms a basis for Turkey Turkish because it is not possible to see Arabic and Farsi elements in Old Anatolia Turkish. With the establishment of Ottoman Empire, a lot of words and grammar forms from Arabic and Farsi languages entered into Turkish language. This new language forming from 3 languages shortly named as “Osmanlıca”.

Today, in Turkey, we use Turkey Turkish as the third period of West Turkish. When it is said “Turkey Turkish”, it is understood that it is the official language and also Turkish writing language used in a wide area today. After Republic of Turkey has founded, many innovations and studies have been made to simplify Turkish and save it from foreign words in other languages. “New Language Movement” is considered the beginning of this period. New Language Movement has an important role in the simplification of Turkish language.

The most important work after New Language Movement is Alphabet and Language Reform. Today, with these reforms, Turkish is purified from grammatical rules and words of Arabic and Farsi and has become the writing and spoken language as the national language of Turkey Republic.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of Turkish Republic, introduces new Turkish Latin Alphabet.

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TURKISH CLASSES: Experience a new language

Yesterday, Turkish class started in new place of Info Sega at 12 o’clock. At the beginning of the class, I asked to the students why they want to learn Turkish. The answers made me really happy. They said they liked Turkey a lot. They watched Turkish TV series and known about Turkey too much. Moreover, they said Turkish language was very nice and sounded good.

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