We had some high hopes for the April 9-10 weekend. This month, Bursa is celebrating the 690th anniversary of the Ottoman conquest. We enjoyed these celebrations last year, and we were looking forward to watching the festivities again this year. Regrettably, the weekend didn’t happen as we had planned. Saturday’s colorful and lively conquest parade was unfortunately canceled, while the Ottoman village festival that was held on Sunday in Seçköy and Avdancık was dampened by heavy, gully washing rains.
But none of that stopped us from attending some of the activities anyway and snapping a few photos of the traditional Ottoman way of life. Here are a few scenes from the weekend that wasn’t meant to be.