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The Three (holy) months (Üç aylar) are a trio of months celebrated by the Turks and muslim communities around the world. The three months consist of Rajab, Sha’ban and Ramadan. As a preparation to Ramadan, many Muslims start spiritual and physical resilience at the beginning of three months. Also each month contains holy nights; Regaib marks the beginning of three holy months. Regaib Kandili, or Laylat al-Ragha’ib in Arabic, is a holy night in Islam commemorating the conception of the Prophet Muhammad. Regaib kandili is celebrated on the Thursday night preceding the first Friday in the month of Rajab. Isra is...

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As rugby world Cup 2011 rages on in New Zealand, Turkey, which is generally more concerned with football and, to a decent extent, basketball, would seem to be blissfully unaware of what is going on half a world away, but is that the case? Is the world of rugby really leaving Turkey behind? Though it is widely eclipsed by the world of football, rugby is gradually becoming a widespread game and is the national sport of New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Madagascar. The Rugby World Cup was first held jointly in Australia and New Zealand, two...

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In the past 5 years, in Auburn, many Turkish restaurants ended up changing owners and cuisines they serve. Yet a new name emerged becoming the new “go-to” place for Turkish food lovers and many Turkish-Australians in the area. Cook & Co was originally found as “Impress Wood-fired cuisine” in 2013. Years later, after changing some of the management, the joint was re-branded as Cook & Co in 2016. Cook & Co’s décor seems just as contemporary as their interpretations of traditional Turkish food, a cuisine that’s hugely underrepresented in Australia. Cook & Co Auburn’s bar and oven separate the establishment...

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One of the oldest languages ​​of Istanbul, Ladino has a 550-year history in Istanbul. Ladino is the common name used for Judaeo-Spanish.   Language, like all other cultural assets, is a living organism and evolves over time. Like other languages, Ladino too went through many changes. Even before the Spanish Jewry had abandoned their homeland, the foundations of the modern Spanish were not yet laid. The political unity of the Spaniards in 1492 was the first step on this path. Ladino’s backbone was predominantly a sub-branch of the Castilian Spanish. Spanish King Ferdinand The story of Judeo-Spanish or Ladino in...

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One can say that Naim Suleymanoglu was born with a dumbbell in his hands! Indeed, this weightlifter who has a small frame of 1.58 established his first weight-lifting record at the age of 15 by competing in the adults category. Escape to Freedom Suleymanoglu was an ethnic Turk, born In Bulgaria. The Communist regime in Bulgaria forced its Turkish minority to adopt Bulgarian names and Suleymanoglu was forced to take the nameNaum Shalamanov (Наум Шаламанов). While on a trip to the World Cup Final in Melbourne in 1986, Suleymanoglu escaped the Bulgarian camp with thehelp of his Turkish relatives living...

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