and cold everywhere, with increased
air pollution in many cities. Istanbul
and Ankara are mostly heated by
natural gas, but most other cities
by lignite (soft brown coal), which
produces much pollution.
Turkey is in the icy grip of winter.
the rest of Central
Anatolia may be covered in
rainy and chilling, but with intermittent
sunny days and perhaps some light snow.
Year's Day (January 1)
is a holiday, the commercial,
secular equivalent of Christmas,
with decorations in shops, lots
of shopping, exchanges
of gifts and greeting cards.
Christmas is celebrated
on January 6th (Armenian Orthodox)
or 7th (Greek Orthodox), when Istanbul's
Orthodox churches are filled with
worshippers and the Armenian and
Greek Orthodox Patriarchs make
the rounds to bless their flocks.
Islamic festival of Mevlid-i Nebi falls in January 2013, 2014 and 2015. More...