Sunday, 7 November 2010

A Village Wedding

Although our village is remote and very olde worlde Turkish, we actually have our own page on Facebook!
Those people in the village with internet access post up photos, so I thought I would share a few which were taken at a wedding recently held in the village.

The bride arriving at the ceremony.  The formal part of the wedding which usually takes  place in Milas:

Then back to the village and the celebrating begins. 

Let's dance!

Cooking enough rice to feed the entire village takes some brute strength!

At almost all gatherings you will find the men sitting seperately from the women.

The interesting thing about village weddings is that everyone is invited. Even if you happened to be a stranger...just would be invited in to share in the festivities.

During Mr A's recent travels around villages selling mesir macunu he has been dragged into several weddings and fed very well.  At least it saves me having to cook him a meal on his return!


  1. Thanks for posting Ayak. It's nice to see village happenings!

  2. What great photographs...and all smiling and happy.

    We've been invited to Turkish community weddings in France...usually massive affairs with the guests coming from all over Europe...but there the families sat together, though this might have been that they were always catered and the families did not have to cook and serve.

  3. What a fantastic way to celebrate a wedding, I love that everyone is invited and bet the food is good too.:)

  4. Jan: You're welcome

    Fly: I think the more modern Turks, those living in towns and cities do indeed sit together at these kinds of functions. Villages still stick to the old traditional ways of keeping men and women apart! It still happens on the village bus...amusing when it's crowded with a lot of shuffling about of seats!

    likeschocolate: It is indeed.

    Mr H: The food is always good!

  5. nice pictures! I was staying in a quaint picturesque small hotel in Usak, Turkey for work and they celebrated a wedding. The place was so small, that they set tables outside my room! I felt like I was part of the celebration, and couldn't help to take a peek once or twice. Funny how they always have the image of Ataturk around (and the flower crowns - in my home town, those are for funerals!!)

  6. OJ: You will of course know that you can't go anywhere in Turkey without seeing the obligatory portrait or statue of Ataturk! And those flower crowns...they seem to be used for every kind of celebration here...For example you can always tell when a new shop or business opens because they will be there too.

  7. Red veil...... very unusual! Maybe not in Turkey!
    Loved that the old lady & her husband got up to dance.They seem a nation who knows how to enjoy themselves.
    Great photos.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  8. I like the idea of men and women sitting seperately. Much better for conversation :0)

  9. Maggie: Yes they really do know how to enjoy themselves!

    Kelloggsville: Yes I do too. The women like to gossip of course but the men are worse!

  10. Bomb: Yes they are good aren't they? Needless to say I didn't take them lol

  11. OJ sent me over here to see your post about weddingsbecause I just did one about the red ribbons. I was Mersinli for a while myself.
    Great photos!

  12. Hi Carolyn and welcome. So good to meet other women married to Turkish men. And I've just added myself to the followers on your blog x

  13. Oh Linda! I love love when you post pictures. I'm so not want your village to change until I can get to one of them and see the people. Their clothes, with the scarves and skirts, the men in hats...the whole look is foreign and attractive because of it. I would love to take a camera and roam your streets in the villages, in the citys and in the country side. Your photos make my gyspy feet itch!

  14. Charlotte Ann: I get the impression now that Turkey is probably on your list of countries to visit!


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