and cold everywhere, with increased
air pollution in many cities. Istanbul
and Ankara are mostly heated by
natural gas, but most other cities
by lignite (soft brown coal), which
produces much pollution.
rainy and chilling on many days, perhaps with some light snow, but also with intermittent
The Mediterranean coast beach resorts are in hibernation, rainy and chilly on many days.
Anatolia, including Cappadocia and Ankara, may be covered in
Turkey is in the icy grip of severe winter.
Year's Day (January 1)
is a holiday, the commercial,
secular equivalent of Christmas,
with decorations in shops, lots
of shopping, exchanges
of gifts and greeting cards.
Christmas is celebrated
on January 6th (Armenian Orthodox)
or 7th (Greek Orthodox), when Istanbul's
Orthodox churches are filled with
worshippers and the Armenian and
Greek Orthodox Patriarchs make
the rounds to bless their flocks.
—by Tom Brosnahan