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.


      Karagoz and Hacivat, Bursa, Turkey

      Karagöz and Hacivat, Bursa’s ambassadors

      Ottoman dress, Bursa Turkey

      Young women showing off traditional Ottoman dress

      Ottoman dress, Bursa Turkey

      Willing to pose for a photo

      Sultan Gate, Bursa, Turkey

      Sultan’s Gate in the old castle wall

      Ottoman guard, Bursa, Turkey

      Guarding the Sultan’s Gate

      Tophane, Bursa, Turkey

      An inviting nook in the Tophane area

      Avdancık, Bursa, Turkey

      Avdancık, one location of Sunday’s village festival

      Seçköy, Bursa Turkey

      Seçköy tea house, Ottoman village festival

      Seçköy, Bursa, Turkey

      Traditional Ottoman bride on the way to meet her groom, Seçköy

      Seçköy, Bursa, Turkey

      Local ladies hoping for a glimpse of the passing bride, Seçköy