“Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner screams with same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most beautiful place on earth.” (Edmondo De Amicis)
Istanbul is one of the coolest cities in the world. It serves many festivals and diversity which indicates it as a multicultural city. The people really love their culture and its city. They preserve their tradition from time to time. Dondurma which is Turkish ice cream has been in Turkey since its Ottoman era 700 years ago. Interestingly, when you buy Turkish ice cream, they will also show you their culture to sell it. They attract the customer by doing attraction. The attraction is a kind of serving ice cream that really brings joy to the whole customers.
Tradition from time to time is also preserved here. For example they like to guest new people in Turkey. They would invite you to come and have dinner together with the family. Or simply they may invite you to drink tea to become your friends. Turks are kind and talkative. They like to ask your condition. “Where are you from? Are you happy? Do you like Turkey?” these questions are often asked by them.
However, one of the most attractive times to visit Istanbul is during Ramadan. It is usually around July and August. They would prepare many anew and interesting festival during this period. Puppet show is one of the events that being held. It is a shadow show that tells two main characters. It is famous with the name “Karagoz and Hacivet”. There are also numerous other activities during Ramadan.
What about the spirit atmosphere in Istanbul? People are preparing Ramadan with enthusiasm. Their life-style would change during this month. They may do cleaning house and buying food beforehand. In some mosques more than 100, they would finish the reciting of the Quran inside the special prayers, Taraweeh. Why not treasure it by yourself? It’s a sharing story for you to treasure the trove and richness here. Be inside Istanbul, feel the atmosphere.