Author(s): Süleyman F?DAN, Fatma ÖZCAN

Preserving the main fabric of traditional culinary culture, Gaziantep has been selected as a gastronomic city by the United Nations Educational Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) in the gastronomy branch since December 2015 and included in the Creative Cities Network. The customs, traditions and beliefs of the people of Gaziantep play a role in shaping the culinary culture. In Gaziantep, the special meals and presentation forms of the special days are continuing from the past to the present. On special occasions, relations are strengthened and the sense of unity and solidarity increases with the gathering of people. In this sense, meals prepared on special occasions and tables are prepared more carefully. The economic situation of the people is also effective in keeping this rich culinary culture alive. Eating and drinking traditions are integrated with the traditional lifestyle, making the city at the crossroads stand out in terms of gastronomy. Foods made on special occasions in Gaziantep, the understanding behind the making of these dishes are examples of keeping the material and spiritual culture together, revealing the traces of the spiritual culture in the past. In this article, special day meals in the gastronomic city of Gaziantep are examined in the folkloric context and the findings are the subject matter of the article.


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