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You must offer your food to others before you eat

Sharing has always been a big part of the Turkic life. Ever since their immigrant lifestyles during the foundation of Anatolia, Turks have been sharing their food, houses, and emotions. Turkish people are raised with the thought of “You can not rest if your neighbour is hungry.” If you wish to drink tea for example, you must offer it to your friends around you, then get yours.

Saying “I hope your work goes easy on you.”

There is nothing more common feeling than understanding how hard manual labour can be at times. Telling someone the sentence above (Kolay Gelsin), is now a force of habit in the Turkish culture. When you enter a new shop, leaving a restaurant, or to your coworkers is quite a common sight.

Driving your car towards someone you know

Although it is more of a joke act, it is a common sight to see on the streets. Rest of the world might simply honk the car horn once, open their windows and say hi. Turkish people go a few levels higher, and slowly ride the car towards the unsuspecting friend.

Bidding Farewell to the Military Drafted

Drafting to military is an experience all Turkish boys have to go through once they are over 18 years old. It is usually seen the first sign of being a man, and their friends and family will throw parades on his last day before the boy leaves for the boot camp. Even strangers will stop by to wish him farewell, maybe offer food and drinks to the young boy. The experience is a collective feeling of the whole community.

Not allowing the other party to pay for meals

Just like Germans sharing the meal fees at a restaurant, Turkish people will always insist on paying for everybody at all times. Sometimes friends will not let one another pay, and go on a standoff to reach the bill first. Even if they paid once before, Turkish people will always try to be the one to take care others.

Calling strangers with close relative titles

It is not rare to hear “Abi, Abla, Teyze, Amca,” even “Baba” or “Ana”, in the streets (Big Brother, Sister, Aunt, Uncle, Father, Mother respectively). While the first four is quite common when someone younger asks something from someone older, Baba and Ana are usually used when referred to someone they deeply respect, even if they are not blood related.

You must wear a tanktop inside your clothes no matter the season

This is a general rule forced by Turkish mothers, but lone living adults have been also doing this as a force of habit. Turkish mothers believe every little uncared action could lead to having a cold, and taking your sweat off during a busy day is the easiest fix for this.

The Turkish Greeting

Turks love to touch everything. They see touching as the ultimate way of bonding, because it is intimate and creates an immediate connection. When two Turks meet, they will first shake hands, then pull one another close to each other, they will pat each other’s back as they kiss each others cheek. Kissing the cheeks is the important part of the greeting, even if you do not do the rest. When Turks meet someone with such big age differences, someone with the ages of their parents or grandparents, they will kiss the hands of the elder before moving to the cheeks.