Turkey is usually referred as the cradle of civilization and culture in Asia and Europe. Turkey covers an vast area called Anatolia. In the early ages of history, Anatolia was known to accommodate the early settlements of people such as Sumerians, Lydians, Byzantines, Hittites and Ottomans. This makes it an area of great interest to travelers and other people as it harbours rich history, cultures etc. therefore Turkey is popular for festivals and fairs which are culturally motivated. Therefore Turkey is rich in culture, history and scenic beauty which attract millions of visitors across the globe. Mersin city offers great opportunity to spend enjoyable moments with a variety of festivals and events. Below are some of the popular Fairs and Festivals in the area around Mersin.
· Karacaoglan Poetry Evening
This is a function where contemporary poets perform in front of audience from different parts of the world. These poets read poems, play string instruments and share folk songs with the guests in attendance.
· Citrus Festival
Citrus is the main cash crop in Turkey. In an effort to promote Mersin citrus and its tourism prospects, the festival is held in November. I t was established in 2010 and held annually. A parade of citrus products of different sizes is conducted. Fashion shows and dance shows are some of the main activities done with the festival going on for even two days since it is held on weekends. Foreign participants from countries like Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Greece among others also take part in these activities.
· Mersin International Music Festival
This festival is conducted by private companies and the ministry of tourism in Turkey. Started in 2004 and has grown to popularity as of now. The main venues include Mersin cultural centre, Congress and Exhibition centre in Mersin, Mersin University Amphitheatre and St.Paulus Church away from Mersin in the town of Tarsus.
· Turkish Oil Wrestling
This is a competitive sport where athletes are lathered in olive oil and then they compete to flip each other over or wrestle. A session goes for 30 minutes after which a referee selects a winner. This sport is done on grass and at a moment several matches take place. This sporting activity takes place only once a year and due to its popularity attracts many tourists.
· Mersin International Agriculture and Horticulture Fair
Since agriculture is one of the main economic activities in Turkey, this fair is the most important event. The exhibitors come from across the agricultural sector ranging from seed, Agrochemical, pesticide and fertilizer companies among others.
· Turkey receives millions of visitors annually and therefore it has improved its visa processing system for visitors to have a pleasant holiday experience. To apply for a Turkey visas, an interested person can go online at www.evisa.gov.tr for an electronic document. One gets an electronic visa or e-visa through online application on condition that they possess a 6 month valid passport from the date of application. Holders of valid passport may travel without visa or with a visa received upon arrival to Turkey.