A Turkish Easter
Do you like summer fetes and Easter? Well you could have the best of both worlds when you move to Turkey.
Two topics of conservation that expats often distance themselves from in Turkey are politics and religion; preferring to relax and enjoy the sun. But fear not, as a peace loving, tolerant Muslim country Easter celebrations are always well respected across the country. You’ll even find that many of your Turkish neighbours will be happy to join in the festivities.
Expats often take advantage of the warm climate by throwing Easter themed UK-style village fetes, providing a perfect opportunity to share their Christian traditions with the entire local community. These enjoyable events include activities such as an Easter egg hunt, Easter egg roll and I’ve even seen a ladies Easter bonnet parade.
Expats often take advantage of the warm climate by throwing Easter themed UK-style village fetes
Once again here in Didim – a small town close to Bodrum with a large expat community – this weekend will be packed with Easter based fun as we all gather to mark the occasion in style. Two popular local restaurants, one close to the main beach and another in a quieter part of town, will be hosting this Easter extravaganza, during which the organisers will be raising money for local good causes.
Unlike the UK, however, shop shelves aren’t stacked with Easter eggs over in Turkey. In order to get their chocolate fix so they can gorge to their hearts content, expats have to fill up their suitcases when they pop back home, or ask friends and relatives to kindly bring some over when they visit. Where there’s a will there’s a way when it comes to getting your hands on chocolate.
The all-important religious aspect of Easter proceedings is understandably low-key compared to the UK, but we still manage to hold a traditional service in the local chapel, which was rebuilt in 2015. And because Easter isn’t widely celebrated in Turkey it’s a great chance to remember and celebrate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ in a non-commercial environment. Perhaps this is what Easter used to be like.