10 Turkish Etiquettes You Should Know Before Visiting Turkey

Turkish 10 Turkish Etiquettes You Should Know Before Visiting Turkey tea glass and spoon

Embarking on a journey to Turkey offers more than just a glimpse into a rich tapestry of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes; it invites you into the heart of Turkish etiquettes, an integral part of experiencing the country authentically. Do you ever wonder about the nuances of Turkish etiquettes that make this culture so unique and inviting? Understanding these etiquettes is not just about observing formalities; it’s about connecting with the local people on a deeper level. Whether it’s the warmth of a greeting or the hospitality offered at someone’s home, Turkish etiquettes are a reflection of the country’s soul. This blog aims to unravel the intricacies of Turkish etiquettes, guiding you through the do’s and don’ts that will enrich your visit. From the customary double cheek kiss to the significance of accepting a cup of Turkish coffee, mastering these etiquettes will undoubtedly enhance your travel experience. Dive into the world of Turkish etiquettes with us and discover how these cultural norms can turn your trip into an unforgettable journey of cultural immersion.

Turkish etiquettes You Should Know

  1. Kissing on the cheek twice! If you’re meeting with a friend or an acquaintance, it doesn’t matter, you kiss them once on each cheek, and this is completely normal regardless of gender.
  2. If you’re entering someone’s apartment, you must definitely take off your shoes. You don’t even need to ask.
  3. If someone offers you something to eat, like cake, politely refuse at first. Rest assured, they will insist a second time. Accept on the second offer.
  4. If someone offers you food, you should definitely accept it, even if you are physically full. They might think you didn’t like the food or that you don’t like them 🙂 Yes, we are a bit like this..
  5. Never refuse Turkish coffee when you visit someone’s home. They might think you are in a hurry or that you don’t want to spend more time with them. Drink the Turkish coffee!
  6. Do not chew gum while talking to someone. This is usually perceived as not taking them seriously.
  7. If there is someone like a friend’s girlfriend or sister with you, you should not compliment their physical features, like saying “you have a beautiful stomach”. It can be misunderstood, so it’s better to be careful, actually, be very careful.
  8. When paying the bill, your Turkish friend might try to pay for the whole bill. This is one of the hospitable behaviors in our culture. Don’t be surprised because they might be happy doing this, but it can vary from person to person and sometimes according to the economy as well.
  9. If you’re drinking tea and don’t want a second glass, place the teaspoon across the top of your finished glass to cover the opening, and they won’t even ask if you want a second glass.
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