Saturday, December 30, 2006

December 31, 2006

Tomorrow is a bit hard to conceive of–even Turks are impressed. No one can remember when the start of Kurban Bayram has fallen on New Year’s Eve. Kurban Bayram is a religious holiday in which each household is supposed to sacrifice a male animal and give to the poor, in remembrance of Abraham and Isaac. It’s something like Thanksgiving in the States, where families get together for a big feast (that goes on for three days). New Year’s has been adopted by Turks as a non-religious Christmas, complete with gifts, tinsel and trees, partying and red underwear (for good luck in the new year, didn’t you know?) So stack Thanksgiving on top of Christmas on top of New Year’s and you have tomorrow.
We’ve been invited for the traditional breakfast (to eat the sacrificial meat), and then we’re going to some friends’ house in the country for a low key party, as low key as things can get with four boys age 8, 7, 6, and 5 together…
Wishing you a New Year filled with love and kisses!

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