Nevruz Celebration organized in cooperation of Istanbul Governor’s Office, Provincial Culture and Tourism Directorate, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB), Culture A.Ş., Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and Zeytinburnu Municipality was held on March 21, 2019, at Topkapı Culture Park.
The celebration program was attended by Deputy Governor of Istanbul İsmail Gültekin, General Secretary of TDBB Fahri Solak, Commander of İstanbul Central Brigadier General Sadettin Alp Ergin, İBB Culture A.Ş. General Director Kemal Kaptaner and Consul Generals of the Turkish Republics and mission representatives, Istanbul Culture and Tourism Director Coşkun Yılmaz, invited guests and many citizens.
At the event that has started with the performance of the Mehter team and the burning of the Nevruz fire, inauguration of the Nevruz Special Painting Exhibition by the artist Tacigül Küntüz’nın was made and a moment of silence, as well as the National Anthem, were performed.
Speaking at the opening of the ceremony, Istanbul Culture and Tourism Director Coskun Yilmaz, said how the Nevruz Feast in Istanbul is celebrated with joy and said the following: “What is Nevruz? We have too many answers to the questioner. But the biggest answer about Nevruz is youth, joy, and enthusiasm. Beloved young people, what makes the nation a nation and strong, are the past core values that as giving you the past promises you the future, our national presence, our national culture, and tradition. Nevruz is a historical feast celebrated with the same feeling and excitement, not only in our city or in our country, but also in a wide geographical region, from the Balkans to Turkestan geography. Nevruz is a tradition, joy, and happiness.
During the celebrations iron tattooing and egg-smashing rituals were held, the guests celebrated Nevruz Feast by jumping across the burning fire of Nevruz. At the event where many guests from the Turkish world attended; Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan folk dances were performed. Kyrgyz Folk Dance “Ak kuu” by the Turkic World Research Foundation and “Kuş Tepti” play by the Turkmenistan Folk Dance were staged. The event continued with a concert by Esat Kabaklı, a Turkish folk music artist, iron tattooing and egg-smashing and jumping across the fire were carried out. The program ended with the visit to the Ethnographic Museum Houses of the countries that were found in the Turkic World Cultural Quarter. The program continued with the visit to the set stands and ended with serving rice and ayran.