Florists had one of the busiest days of the year as Turkey celebrated Mother’s Day on May 8.
Like most other countries in the world, Turkey celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May every year.
“Customers usually prefer wildflowers, such as carnations and daisies, on this day,” said Yıldız Çalıoğlu, who runs a florist in Istanbul’s Taksim Square.
A rose was sold for 30 Turkish liras (2 dollars), while the price of a bouquet of daisies was 40 liras (2.7 dollars) and a bundle of carnations was sold for 50 liras (3.4 dollars), a she declared.
“There are a lot of people today like every Mother’s Day,” said Mehmet Bener, a florist in Kayseri province, central Anatolia.
The price of a bouquet varies between 100 lira ($6.7) and 1,000 lira ($67), he added.
Besides the long queue outside his shop, they were in a rush to fulfill online and phone orders.
Municipalities across the country distributed flowers to women to mark Mother’s Day.
In the scenic region of Cappadocia, a charming tourist center famous for its fairy chimneys, visitors received flowers before boarding the hot air balloons.
US citizen Marched Maynors, a mother of four, said she was very happy to receive such a gift. “Everything is wonderful here. My four children would also enjoy it if they were here,” she told the Demirören news agency.
In the Aegean province of Izmir, engineering vehicle driver Nurcan Özgül Fetah was surprised by her 10-year-old son, Çınar, who brought flowers to her workplace.
She had appeared in the media after her small bakery collapsed in the October 30, 2000 earthquake that rocked the Aegean region. When she applied for a job at Izmir Municipality, she was assigned as a construction equipment operator.
“I was a little appalled the first few days working here, but my colleagues have been very helpful. I am also very happy that my son is proud of my work,” she said.
For his part, Çınar Fetah said he was very excited to see his mother driving the vehicle. “The mothers of all my friends have similar jobs – teachers or lawyers. But my mother has a difficult job,” he said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan celebrated Mother’s Day in a written statement.
“I congratulate Mother’s Day, which symbolizes the noble traits of love, effort, sacrifice and mercy,” he said.
Quoting the Prophet Muhammad that “heaven is under the feet of mothers”, Erdoğan said that mothers are “a complacent refuge for members of such a civilization”.
Minister of Family and Social Services Derya Yanık yesterday met with women employed in social service institutions in Ankara.
“Women and mothers can have a happier family life thanks to the opportunities provided by the government to enable them to pursue their careers,” she said.
Members of the Red Crescent distributed gifts to mothers of martyrs in the eastern province of Van.
Speaker of Parliament Mustafa Şentop also marked the day in a statement and thanked all mothers.