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Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-al-Adha, Easter, Newroz, spring festival, and Passover were among various religious celebrations in Istanbul. It was also a city of balls. Various associations used to organize balls on the founding day of the Republic and the high society of Istanbul used to dress up for that occasion. Along with the religious feasts, days of national significance were also very important and in those days people went to celebrations in the stadiums together with  families.

As time passed, the celebrations became different and the family visits were replaced by trips to distant places. Now, every Eid time is a chance of getting out of Istanbul.

Alongside these celebrations, Istanbul has become a popular place for festivals, providing opportunities for globalizing local cultures, such as Istanbul Culture and Arts Festival, International Istanbul Film Festival, Jazz Festival etc.


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