March 07, 2011

Centuries-old Tatavla Carnival returns to Istanbul’s streets

Turkey’s Christians are enjoying carnival these days. The best-known carnival is Tatavla, which has a history of 569 years. The annual carnival, which stopped in 1941 because of political fluctuations in the country, was revived last year. ‘Our people want to know and to let the public in general know that we all live together,’ says one of the organizers.

Organized by Greeks in Şişli’s Kurtuluş district, once known as Tatavla, the Tatavla Carnival, which is also known as “Baklahorani,” will address a wider mass of people this year on Monday. Kağıthane Municipality Press Consultant and researcher Hüseyin Irmak and Greek couple Harris and Marina Drimalitou who are living in Istanbul and are responsible for reviving the event, spoke to the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review.

Harris Drimalitou said he had listened to lots of stories about the carnival, and added that it was a big pleasure and joy to organize it again. Marina Drimalitou said last year’s carnival drew great interest from Kurtuluş locals.

Those, who want to attend the Tatavla Carnival, can find more information on the Baklahorani-Tatavla Carnival page on Facebook. The carnival cortege will start at 8 p.m. from Baruthane Caddesi in Şişli’s Feriköy neighborhood.

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