Traditional Henna Nights

Posted in Women Division

The ceremony held one day before the wedding in the home of bride and groom is called the henna night. It generally takes place at the girl’s home and among women, although either side can elect to host it. Usually dry henna brought by the bridegroom’s family is broken to pieces in a silver or copper vessel by a woman whose father and mother alive, not experienced any separation. After preparing the bride, veil ornamented with red flake is placed over her head, and she is brought into the middle with hymn and folk songs about henna.

Henna that has earlier kneaded with water is brought in on a tray surrounded by candles and placed in the middle of the room. In some places, the henna is first put on the hands of the bride and then distributed to the guests; in other areas the henna is first distributed to the guests, and only after everybody has left is it placed on the bride’s hands. If the woman so wishes, henna can also be placed on her feet and hair. Considerable attention is paid to charging a woman with a happy marriage, called the “basi bütün” (meaning “whose head is complete”, in a sense, this describes her as someone who has a complete family with husband and children and whose marriage is whole, not separated by divorce) to knead and distribute the henna and apply it to the girl’s hand.

The woman places the henna on one of the bride’s hands, and a young girl places it on the other. Before the henna is applied, coins or gold are also placed in her hands. After woman who came together for dying henna leave, close friend of the bride remain with her and enjoy themselves till morning.

Istanbul Cultural Center of Orlando hosted several Henna nights; If you haven't experienced it yet we would like to see you at the next henna night. Check our website for upcoming events.

Overview

Posted in Women Division

In the Women's Division of the Istanbul Cultural Center of Orlando ladies of all faiths and cultures are invited to come together for education and dialogue. The center is one that understands and enjoys diversity.

At the heart of Turkish hospitality is the desire to grow beyond the mere tolerance of one another — we aim to come to a mutual respect and friendship. Share our food, meet our families and make lifelong friends.

TURKISH COOKING
Turkish cuisine, which has been influenced by the flavors of every region of the Ottoman Empire, is a fusion of central Asian, Mideast and European tastes. A key aspect of Turkish cooking is the use of inexpensive, fresh ingredients combined in surprising, delicious ways.

Once a month from 11:00 am-2:00 pm on a Saturday, all ladies are invited to learn to prepare a dish (or two!). Some meals prepared have been poğaça, handmade rolls with cheese or potatoes inside; börek, layered pastry with cheese, potatoes or meat; and karnıyarık, baked eggplants stuffed with meat, tomato and onion. After preparing the food, lunch is served with Turkish tea (çay) and side dishes. Afiyet olsun!

COFFEE NIGHTS
7 p.m. Saturday, once monthly
As the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Turkey has long been in the unique position of bridging the gap between East and West. With Coffee Nights, guests learn about the history and culture of Turkey during a Power Point presentation, followed by refreshments and an informal dialogue. In March, guests learned about Turkish coffee, prepared by boiling very finely powdered roast beans in a small pot. In April, guests enjoyed mantı, a delectable hand-made stuffed ravioli dish that is covered with yogurt and spices. In May, guests will discover Istanbul, the fourth-largest city in the world, and a colorful kaleidoscope of European and Asian food, music and history.

WORKSHOPS
Due to the Islamic discouragement of religious iconography, the Turkish people have found remarkable, vibrant ways to artistically express the beauty of God's creation. Ebru, the art of paper marbling, and the art of Turkish calligraphy are among the many workshops that have taken place at the Nile Foundation. Many other subjects are planned, and all include the joyful opportunity for guests to learn something memorable.

DONATIONS
In Turkish culture, charity is considered a "right" of the poor over the rich, even a tax of the wealthy that is owed to the needy. Charity is a purification of one's material possessions that prevents one from becoming greedy. To this end, the Nile Foundation gratefully accepts and collects donations of canned goods, meat and clothes to Goodwill, local food banks and other organizations at all times. Please help us help others.

MOTHER’S DAY VISITS
Each year Nile Foundation Women’s Division visits elderly homes and hands out roses. The residents are delighted to live warmed atmosphere and elegant roses as a Mother’s Day gift. Everybody enjoys getting to know each other in an atmosphere of sympathy.

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