In Bodrum, old Turkish feast was celebrated with fervor

Published on : Friday, December 24, 2021

On Dec. 21st, by lighting up fires and dancing around, the residents of the popular Aegean tourism destination, Bodrum, celebrated “Nartugan,” a 4,000-year-old traditional feast.

To quote Dilek Yarar, a member of the Bodrum City Council, “We are happy to join together for this old tradition after two years of postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.” “Nartugan,” also called “Nardugan,” is a spread that first initiated by the Turkish communities in Central Asia millenniums ago.

The word originated from the Mongolian word “Nar”. It means “Sun,” and an old Turkish word, “Tuqan,” which means “Born.”

“Nartugan,” which officially means “the rebirth of the sun,” or “the rebirth of life,” is observed on Dec. 21st every year, the winter solstice marking the longest night of the year.

In all regions of the southwestern province of Muğla’s district, locals gather but the main official event was organized in the Gündoğan neighbourhood area.

In Gündoğan’s agora, a symbolic statue of the “Nartugan tree of life” was made.

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