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Turkey is a Moslem country. Although there are Catholic and Jewish minorities, mostly Turks are Moslems. The Turkish minorities live in peace with the Turkish Moslems and have their own places of worship. You'll find churches and synagogues all over Istanbul.

For the Moslems, December 24th is not a date that commemorates Jesus' birth . They do have Jesus at their Koran (Moslems' Holy book) but the mostly important figure in their religion is Mohammed the prophet.

At the end of the year, Istanbul will be decorated with lights all over it's main streets, but this is done to commemorate the new year.

Interesting things could be seen in Istanbul as Santa Claus gives sweets to children on the streets or shopping malls and Christmas trees have a place in some Turkish houses and shops. This is a sign that the west mentality has come to Turkey.

Another interesting fact is that they give each other a gift at new year eve but not on the 24th of December.

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