Colorful markets are a striking national feature of Istanbul. People come here not only for shopping, but also for socializing. Bargaining is normal and even recommended in local shops and bazaars. As a rule, it helps reducing the item’s price by 2 - 3 times. Each year residents of Istanbul celebrate numerous national holidays, each of which has interesting customs and traditions.
Many national holidays, which the locals celebrate throughout a year, have a religious character. Typically, on these days of celebrations restaurants and cafes of Istanbul stop selling alcoholic beverages. A notable fact - more than 60% of the population of Istanbul is people under the age of 35 years, so there’s no wonder why Youth Day is one of the most popular and anticipated celebrations. The holiday is celebrated on May 19, and this is the official day off. The celebration starts with laying wreaths at the monument of the Republic, then the holiday is continued by colorful parades and sports competitions. Holiday program is rich in musical performances, various relay races, competitions and master classes. On evenings the main squares of the city become venues for music concerts and firework shows. Both travellers and native people really enjoy this amazing holiday.
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