What is Nartogan? When and how is it celebrated?

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What is Nartogan?  When and how is it celebrated?

According to an ancient belief, day and night are constantly at war. After this war, with the longest night, the days begin to get shorter and the sun begins to appear more prominently, and Nardugan (Nardogan) is celebrated on that very day! Turks believe that the new year comes every year after December 21st, based on the lunar year. On this special day, delicious meals are cooked, pleasant conversations are held, and gifts are given. The tradition of Nartujan, which is celebrated in a colorful and enthusiastic way in many cultures, continues with great enthusiasm on December 21 every year. So what exactly does this particular tradition mean for Turks? What is Nartogan? When and how is this special day celebrated? What to do in Nartogan? We answered the questions.

What is Nartogan?

Nartugan is a special holiday that symbolizes rebirth. This holiday is welcomed and celebrated with enthusiasm and excitement in the Turkish world. There is also a character named “Ayaz Ata” in this holiday, which is still celebrated by many cultures. Known as Santa Claus, Ayaz Ata is a hero who appears in the cold of winter according to legends.

Moreover, it is believed that ‘Ayaz Ata’ was at the beginning of the Santa Claus legend. Although the name Nartugan mentions the symbols of pomegranate in terms of its pronunciation, a different meaning is striking here. The pomegranate means the sun and the toucan means newborns. In other words, this special day, which means “sunrise,” is of great value to the Turks.

When is Nartujan celebrated?


The festival of revival, known as Nartugan, is celebrated cheerfully every year on December 21st. The sun is a very important figure in the Turks. For this reason, Nartugan is celebrated on December 21, the day when the sun is most prominent.

How is Nartujan celebrated?


How is this special day celebrated? On this special day, a fun family dinner is held, songs are sung and fun. Thus, the birthday of the day and the year and what beauty it will bring is celebrated. Pomegranates, which are broken on New Year’s Eve with the intention of abundance, can also be broken on December 21st. It is believed that with the scattering of torn pomegranate seeds, abundance surrounds the entire house.

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