HE could have been no more than 10 years of age, dressed splendidly from head to toe in white with gold and blue trimmings.
Today, he is out on the town in Istanbul with his proud parents.
It’s a special day ahead of a very special day: the day he is to be ceremonially circumcised.
Circumcision is among the most significant traditional procedures for a Turkish Anatolian boy. The ceremony is a kind of coming-of-age for the boys to earn respectability in the community.
It may be painful for them but it is a source of considerable joy and pride for the parents.
A family starts preparing for the event about two months beforehand. Printed invitations to attend the ceremony are sent out to family and friends.
Today’s public parading in the special circumcision outfit, when the boy is given special treats, is the most important part of the preparations. Rich families adorn their sons with jewels.
On the day of the ceremony, guests will shower the boy with gifts such as gold, money, clothing and household goods.
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