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Polish Day In Istanbul
1.       vineyards
1954 posts
 14 Jun 2010 Mon 07:04 pm

Edited (6/14/2010) by vineyards
Edited (6/14/2010) by vineyards

2.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 14 Jun 2010 Mon 08:36 pm

awww so cute I hope it was fun and nobody was forced to eat Polish food lol

3.       vineyards
1954 posts
 15 Jun 2010 Tue 01:24 am

No. My son liked the entertainment. He clapped his hands and danced to the Polish tunes.

There is a village in Istanbul called Polonezköy meaning the Polish village. The descendants of some 15 families whose ancestors fled to Turkey while being deported to Syberia in 1845 built this village. It has lately become a fashionable escapade for Turks who are curious about the Polish culture and folklore. We were lucky that our visit coincided with the annual celebrations. We watched the dances staged by locals in their traditional costumes. The village is surrounded by vast forests and is very green.


These Polish folks have preserved their language, religion and other cultural assets. They have a problem finding spouses to marry. They say, they either marry with Poles from the homeland or occassionally with Turks. While they are fluent in both languages, I have been told, their Polish spouses consider them more Turkish than Polish. They tend to consider themselves a bit more Polish than Turkish. While speaking to one of them, I used the word, abnormal which they consented and we agreed on "exceptional" would be a better alternative.


I´ve also learned from them that in Poland, daughters are the favorite members of their families. One of them told me, that would be just the other way around in Turkey. They think this point makes it difficult for the Poles of Turkey to be in good terms with their Polish wives. I´ve learned this and many other trivia about the lives of this people.

4.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 15 Jun 2010 Tue 11:58 pm

It must have been interesting to observe how they preserve some of the traditions and language in spite of having lived in another country for a long time. I tried to look for Polish-speaking people in Polonezkoy but I didn´t succeed, unfortunately. Still, it was nice to see Polish flags there and read Polish inscriptions on monuments. Oh, and the Jandarma station in Polonezkoy has the nicest komutan in the world Thanks to his patience and being really helpful, I avoided serious trouble.


I´m glad you and your family enjoyed this Polish fair

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