Istanbul Nawruz Festival, organized cooperatively by Governorate of Istanbul, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), Zeytinburnu Municipality, Culture Co. and Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, was celebrated on 21 March 2018, Wednesday at Topkapı Cultural Park.
The celebration program was attended by Governor of Istanbul Vasip Şahin, Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mevlüt Uysal, Mayor of Zeytinburnu Murat Aydın, Secretary General of TDBB Fahri Solak, Istanbul Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism Coşkun Yılmaz, Istanbul Consul Generals of Turkic Republics, guests and many citizens.
After the speech of Istanbul Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism Coşkun Yılmaz, the rituals of iron forging and egg tapping were performed in the festival and the guests jumped over Nawruz fire to celebrate Nawruz Festival. In the event, which was attended by many guests from Turkish World, Turkish folk dances, Caucasian folk dances and Caucasian and Uyghur music performances created a visual feast. After the program Governor of Istanbul Vasip Şahin and Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mevlüt Uysal tapped egg and forged iron.
Talking in the ceremony, Governor of Istanbul Vasip Şahin said, “I celebrate Nawruz, the common festival of Turkish World and our heartfelt commitment geography. I hope it will contribute to the happiness and peace for our country and our brother countries. Today is the day which brings us together and also strengthens our national unity and friendship. I hope we will carry out important activities, by taking this important day into consideration with this common emotions and future target that we all feel today. We are all moving towards our future.”
On the other hand Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mevlüt Uysal stated that the joy of Nawruz is felt all around Istanbul and added, “Nawruz is the festival of our nation, of all Turkish World. Nawruz means brotherhood, unity, togetherness. I wish that with the arrival of spring season, it will bring brotherhood, peace, love, unity and togetherness to Turkish Geography. I celebrate your Nawruz all.”
The ceremony ended with the visit of the protocol members to the booths of Turkic Republics and Turkestan associations in the ceremony area.

22.03.2018