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Old 31st October 2018, 06:41   #351 (permalink)
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I haven't spotted anything obvious that the locals do, apart from what is being done for the expats. xx
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Old 31st October 2018, 07:08   #352 (permalink)
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In the big cities anything that can be commercially profitable is celebrated, but mainly for the foreigner market. Halloweeen is seen as an evil celebration amongst more traditional Turks.
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Is Halloween celebrated in Turkey?
Doubt it, it is supposed to be a Christian occasion, originally called All Hallows Eve until it was hijacked by the US of A.

Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallows' Day (also known as All Saints' or Hallowmas) on 1 November and All Souls' Day on 2 November, thus giving the holiday on 31 October the full name of All Hallows' Eve (meaning the evening before All Hallows' Day).
All Saints' Day is a celebration of all Christian saints, particularly those who have no special feast days of their own, in many Roman Catholic, Anglican and Protestant churches. In many western churches it is annually held November 1 and in many eastern churches it is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
Halloween has its roots in the ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on the night of October 31. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, believed that the dead returned to earth on Samhain.26 Oct 2011

https://www.history.com/topics/hallo...y-of-halloween

Re trick or treat, see this article

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart...ught-79408373/
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I see that quite a few restaurants in Alanya are making Halloween night. Good on them it's a bit of fun.
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Mahmutla hotel Santana went up in smoke. Apparently it was empty.
Plus Manavgat a small 2 seater plane went down in the sea. Both just a day or so ago.
Reminds me of a few years ago one of the planes flying in to scoop water to put the hill fires out came down over our villa so low that the plane crash landed in the sea opposite. No injuries and it took 2 days to get it winched out.
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SIX areas of the economy are to receive tax cuts, Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak has said.

“We will do these in order to reinvigorate the sectors that have contracted by currency impact,” he said at a ministerial meeting on the taxation practices held in the capital Ankara on Oct. 31.

“The cuts will be effective as of November 1,” he added.

The value-added-tax (VAT) cuts in housing sales and the furniture sector from 18 percent to 8 percent has been extended until next year, according to Albayrak’s remarks.

Special consumption taxes on domestic appliances will be suspended until 2019.

For motor vehicles with engines under 1600cc, special consumption tax rates will be lowered 15 percent.

All VAT rates for commercial vehicles will be lowered to 1 percent from 18 percent.

The reduction of title deed fees rate from 4 percent to 3 percent will also continue.

Albayrak also said the number of companies taking part in Turkey’s anti-inflation campaign has reached 2,500.

“For the inflation rate in September, I had said we left the worst in the back. This trend will continue step by step,” he said.

On Oct. 31, the Turkish Central Bank sharply raised its 2018 inflation forecast to 23.5 percent from its previous forecast of 13.4 percent.

The consumer price index increased 24.5 percent in September year-on-year, hitting the 15-year high level.

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This does not address the fact that there is very little production going on in Turkey. i spoke with a friend the other day who farms intensively in Anatolia. No-one around him is planting this year. Normally at this time of year they are plowing. No-one is ploughing. Why? Too little government support and extremely high energy costs. In that area they have to pump water from deep underground, electricity is too costly. One of his friends produces potatoes for Burger King....so they will all be imported?

Reducing taxes like this is designed to increase sales, but the products are mainly produced overseas. i don't have aa degree in economics, but I can see a few issues ahead.
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On brighter note we got our marmalade jam made today 5 kilos it will keep us going a bit.
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Watch out for Paddington Bear! If he gets together with IbrahimAbi's squirrel you won't stand a chance.

We were told that there will soon be a shortage of eggs because the feed is imported and is now too expensive to buy more when it's finished.
That's menemen off the menu then.
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