PRESS ROOM

Newroz was Celebrated with Passion

Nevruz, Vali Şahin ve Başkan Topbaş'ın da katılımıyla İstanbul’da da özel bir programla kutlandı.

Newroz was celebrated with a special program in Istanbul with the participation of Governor Şahin and Mayor Topbaş.

Newroz, which is accepted as the beginning of spring in the entire Turkish World and celebrated traditionally with various festivals, was celebrated in Istanbul with a special program.

The program, which is organized in the Cultural Park of Topkapı, in the open air space, was realized in the Cultural and Artistic Center of Zeytinburnu, due to the inconvenient weather conditions.

The program of Newroz celebration is organized in collaboration with Governorate of Istanbul, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, International Organization of Turkish Culture (TÜRKSOY), the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), the Directorate of Istanbul Culture and Tourism, Municipality of Zeytinburnu and Culture Co.

The Governor of Istanbul, Vasip Şahin; Mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbaş; Garrison Commander Brigadier General Şenol Alkış; Mayor of Zeytinburnu, Murat Aydın; Secretary General of TDBB, Fahri Solak; Consol Generals of Turkic Republics; General Director of Culture Co., Nevzat Kütük; representatives of civil society organizations and citizens participated in the program.

 

Janissary Band Concert

Before the program in the hall and soon after the Newroz fire was made, janissary band concert was given in the foyer. The program started with the Anthem of Independence.

 

Bilgili: Newroz is the day of love and brotherhood

The Director of Istanbul Culture and Tourism, Prof. Ahmet Emre Bilgili, stated in his speech in the beginning of the program that they came together in order to celebrate the Newroz, which is accepted as the harbinger of spring and which means “a new day” and “beginning”. Prof. Bilgili added that Newroz is an important value for the Turkish World and celebrated in a vast geography.

Bilgili stating that March 21 is celebrated as International Newroz Day, continued his speech as follows: “The exit point of Newroz is the values that are the common culture of the humanity. Newroz has many meanings in the Turkish World too. First of all, Newroz is the creation, beginning, a new day, the day when the black winter ends, nature turns green and fertility is reached. It is also the day when the day and night are equal, love and brotherhood is strengthened and we become good friends. In addition, Newroz is the day of purification, fortune, wish and the day of dinner table.

 

 

Bilgili also added that it is against the nature of the celebration to organize it in closed places and requested from the Mayor of Istanbul to prepare an area in the Topkapı Cultural Park, which has a roof and which is not affected from rain.

 

Performances

Soon after the speech of Bilgili, performances started. The Association of Motif Folk Dance Training team and the Association of Kafkas Çerkez performed folk dance. Then, Beşir Ahmet Köse and Sedat Çolakoğlu from the Kazak Foundation of Culture and Melike, Uygur Artist, gave concert. After the concert, the dancing teams Kyrgyzstan and Karaçay made their performances.

The little Manasçı with the Medallion of Honor attracted attention

 

After the performance of folk dances, Ümmet Devletov, aged 10, who was awarded with the Medallion of Honor by the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, read a part from Manas, the national saga of Kyrgyzstan.

In the program, Governor of Istanbul, Vasip Şahin and Mayor of Istanbul, Topbaş, and the guests were presented the “tray of semeni”, which is the symbol of the soil turning green.

 

Turkish Culture in the Stands

The Governor of Istanbul, Vasip Şahin; Mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbaş; General Director of Culture Co., Nevzat Kütük and Garrison Commander Brigadier General Şenol Alkış visited the stands and tasted the food. They were informed about the kitchen culture of Turkish Republics. Nan, the Turkmen bread; the dessert of Sümelek, which is prepared only in Newroz; Hellim cheese and Şoro, a drink made out of wheat by the Kyrgyz People were among the offered food.

 

Ceremony of Opening the Saucepan of Turkmen Pilaf

At the end of the program, İsmail Gültekin, Deputy Governor of Istanbul, General Director of Culture Co., Nevzat Kütük and The Director of Istanbul Culture and Tourism, Prof. Ahmet Emre Bilgili participated in the ceremony of opening the saucepan of the Turkmen pilaf. After the ceremony, the guests were offered Turkmen pilaf and ayran.

Protocol members also realized the ritual of wrought iron.