Welcome to the first of our articles to celebrate the Festive season.

Christmas activities

Santa rides again

Thank you to local photographer, Norman Clark, for the photographs

A Festive Fethiye Times - part one

Santa’s cycling group came to Fethiye on Sunday 17th December. Riders from various countries, including Turkey, joined together to peddle from Reis cafe at Akarca along the Kordon to Karagözler, bringing good cheer and festive greetings to the local community.

A Festive Fethiye Times - part one

A Festive Fethiye Times - part one

A Festive Fethiye Times - part one

A Festive Fethiye Times - part one

The ride, in its third year, was very successful with around 40 cyclists taking part and handing out sweets to adults and children who cheered them as they passed by.

A Festive Fethiye Times - part one

 

A Festive Fethiye Times - part one

The riders came from various cycling groups within the Fethiye area.

The majority of the riders finished the afternoon with a very welcomed roast dinner at Summer Breeze Restaurant in Çaliş.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

A Festive Fethiye Times - part one
Photograph by Teresa Church

Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions are something we look forward to annually and often follow to a tee. It’s not Christmas without a stocking or a tree or a turkey, is it?

But, how many of us actually know why we mark traditions in the way we do? Who started them and why?

Each day we’ll bring you the origins of some of  them to provide a little meaning behind the festivities.

Advent

A Festive Fethiye Times - part one

The word ‘advent’ is actually derived from the Latin word, adventus, which means ‘coming’. Scholars have said that the tradition of counting down advent stems from the 5th century but traditionally it was a period before Christmas where Christians would fast. Monks are said to have fasted in preparation for the coming of Christ as early as 597 AD.

Advent as we know it today – marked with calendars and chocolate – reportedly originated in Germany in the mid-1900s. German Protestants made chalk marks on doors or lit candles to count the days leading up to Christmas.

German-born Gerhard Lang is widely considered as the first man to progress the tradition and make a printed advent calendar. When he was a boy his mother had made him a cardboard calendar with 24 stuck-on sweets which led him to create the product as a man.

Christmas dining with a Turkish twist

There are many people who love Turkish cuisine and fancy including something different into the usual Christmas menus.

Each day we will give you a menu suggestion from Ozlem Warren of Ozlem’s Turkish Table.

Today’s recipes are two variations on Pistachio Lamb Kebabs

Lamb Kebabs with Pistachios on Flat Bread, served with Roasted Peppers, Onions and Tomatoes

Click here for the recipe

A Festive Fethiye Times - part one
Lamb Kebabs with Pistachios on Flat Bread, served with Roasted Peppers, Onions and Tomatoes

Lamb Kebabs with Pistachios on Flat Breads in Cherry Sauce

Click here for the recipe

A Festive Fethiye Times - part one
Lamb Kebabs with Pistachios on Flat Breads in Cherry Sauce

Afiyet Olsun.

We’ll see you tomorrow for more festivity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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