Customs and Traditions
Turkish customs have been passed down from generation to generation and are integrated into contemporary life. Climate, geography and ethnic background play a significant role, but many customs have their origins in Islam and have changed little over the years. An enduring faith is attached to the blue bead, or mavi boncuk, an amulet that protects the wearer from the evil eye. It may be seen dangling wherever good luck is needed. Religious and social mores dictate separate lives for many men and women, so customs bring them together for celebration such as weddings births and rites of passage. Family life is pivotal to Turkish culture, and communities are strengthened by the social and economic ties of the extended family.