Rite of Passage as a Communal Classroom

The Pedagogical Recycling of Traditional New Year Celebrations in Turkey
  • Yücel Demirer


You happen to be in Istanbul, or Ankara, or any major city in Turkey, on March 21. You are spending the day exploring and walking the lively streets. From a nearby park, you see a rising trail of smoke. Curious, you approach the park for a closer look and hear the sound of music. People of all ages are dancing together, women and men, hand in hand. Powerful chants and slogans permeate the air, sung with joy and determination. People jump through the smoke over a fire, with victory signs in their hands. You see a banner with “N-E-W-R-O-Z” printed on it. The colors red, yellow, and green are every-where among the festivities, in different patterns and combinations. As you wander along, you notice the heavy security measures taken. Inconsistent with the joy, disturbing tension hangs in the air.


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