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Nevruz, which is known by different names in Anatolia, such as "Sultan-i Nevruz", "Nevruz Sultan", "Mart Dokuzu" (ninth of March) and "Mart Bozumu" (harvest time in March) is still a living and vibrant tradition in Turkish society. Among the Tahtaci (wood worker) Turkomans,who take their name from their work with wood, the Nevruz festival is held on the 9th of March, old style, and is called Sultan Nevruz. It is celebrated on 22-23rd March, when the Tahtaci Turkomans climb up to the high plateaus. Nevruz is regarded by the Tahtaci Turkomans as a day when feasting takes place in memory of the dead. Here, we can see the signs of a part of the old Turkish belief system, the cult of the ancestor. March 22nd, the day before Nevruz, is the time for welcoming Nevruz in, and is devoted to Nevruz preparations, such as cleaning houses or preparing food. Pastry with spinach, eggs painted with onion skins, thin pastry breads, burma sweets, candies, roasted chick peas and Turkish delight are among the dishes and food served on Nevruz day. Meanwhile, relatives and neighbours start visiting each other. On March 23rd, people wake up early. They go to the cemeteries wearing new clothes and with the food they have prepared beforehand. At the graveyard, people chat while drinking coffee. Everybody has to visit the graves close by and drink coffee or tea there. Later, people come together to eat. During the meal, people play mnusical instruments and sing folk songs, swings are suspended from the trees and children fly kites which are called "bayrak" (flag). In the afternoon, women carry out another custom called "hak ulestir" (sharing equally) by putting appetizers onto a large plate. These appetizers are offered to people walking in front of the house, and in return the recipients chant "I hope it helps the souls of the dead." After the meal, members of the family one by one kiss the tombstones and leave the cemetery . In the evening, neighbours and relatives continue eating, drinking and chatting until morning. During this holiday everybody is cheerful. Other peoples’ transgressions are forgiven. Participation in the celebrations is mandatory, and those who do not take part are ostracised by the village residents. Among the Yoruks (a nomadic shepherd people in Anatolia), Nevruz means the end of winter and beginning of spring. It is celebrated on March 22nd in villages and high plateaus, although if this does not fall on a Sunday, it is celebrated in the cities on the first Sunday following Nevruz. On the morning of March 22nd, villagers begin to move to plateaus. Those who arrived earlier and settled into buildings called "davar evi" (cattle houses) welcome their relatives and neighbours from the villages. When the group already on the plateau and the arriving vilagers meet, they salute each other by firing a single pistol shot and say, "Happy Nevruz, and may your seed be plentiful and good for you." The arriving guests are settled in tents and served refreshments. The meat of animals which have recently been sacrifices by their owners is eaten collectively. Among the Yoruks of Sunnite, people join in communal prayers, and together they give thanks to God. Entertainment is organized by the young people, who sing folk songs and play games, and this continues until late at night. Nevruz Newrozhappynewyear (null)Hello World Turkishholidays (null)First Eyeem Photo Hello World