Turkey’s most famous Christian carnival, Tatavla is back after a sixty-nine year hiatus. The annual carnival, which stopped in 1941 because of political fluctuations in the country, was revived last year.
The famous carnival takes place before Lent by Greeks in Şişli’s Kurtuluş district, once known as Tatavla. It is however not just for Greeks, all Christians can enjoy this colourful carnival.
While almost all carnivals are organized in restaurants or association buildings out of sight, the Tatavla Carnival, which has been a tradition of hundreds of years, is organized last year on the streets of Istanbul.
It is worth checking out if you are in Istanbul for Easter.