Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Anatolian Festival

This past Saturday we took the kids and my mom to the Anatolian Festival they were having at the Orange County Fair Grounds.

It was very educational. We have a cousin who is from Turkey so it was neat to get a glimpse into her heritage. A couple things that stood out due to our cousin was the prayer beads and the saying, "Mardin is the 7,000-year-old legendary province of seven religion, seven languages and seven cultures."

As you'll see in the Smilebox, the entrance was full of information. The walls were all written on like text books and there were gates to different eras, with princesses and princes standing guard in accurate garb.

The majority of the people there were Turkish and among them most women wore scarves on their heads and were covered head to toe. I ended up purchasing one of the scarves and some special soap which is supposedly their secret to great hair.

According to Today's Zaman, one of the world's oldest military marching bands, the Mehter Takimi, marched through the festival area every three hours. (Which we got a video of.) Equipment was shipped from Turkey in 17 containers and took 35 days to arrive and set up around $2 million.

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