Held for 2th time in Ümraniye, “Anchovy and Horon Festival” had many colourful scenes. Making the opening speech, Ümraniye Mayor Hasan Can said that this type of organizations held in Ümraniye is valuable and stressed that the local values were protected in Ümraniye.
With the coordination of Ümraniye Municipality and Ümraniye Association of Citizens from Rize, “Anchovy and Horon Festival” was held. The festival held for the 2nd time this year took place with a high level of participation at Ümraniye Square. Ümraniye citizens that played Horon and sang songs lined up hours before to taste from the anchovies distributed as a treat. The festival in which almost 4 tones of anchovy was distributed had many colourful scenes. Besides old Istanbul governor, Avni Mutlu, Rize Governor Ersin Yazıcı, Ümraniye County Governor Mustafa Çek, Şile County Governor Salih Yüce, Çekmeköy County Governor Hüsnü Kansız, Rize Mp Nusret Bayraktar, Ümraniye Mayor Hasan Can, Üsküdar Mayor Hilmi Türkmen, İstanbul Justice and Development Party Provincial Deputy Head Selim Temurci, Justice and Development Party Ümraniye County Head Av. Enver Sedat Çakıroğlu, Justice and Development Party Üsküdar County Head Halit Hızır, Justice and Development Party Çekmeköy County Head Salih Kırcı, old Ümraniye Justice and Development Party County Head Öztürk Oran, Ministery of Health Deputy Secretary Dr. Şuayip Birinci, County Security Director Hüseyin Göllüce, RIDEF President Celal Erdoğan, Ümraniye Association of Citizens from Rize President Necmettin Birinci, Istanbul Headmen Federation President Kadir Delibalta, STK representatives many citizens attended to the festival.
Making the opening speech of the festival that started with horon playing along with kemencha and bagpipe and traditional dance of the Black Sea Region, Ümraniye Association of Citizens from Rize President Necmettin Binici said: “I want to thank Ümraniye Mayor Hasan Can and the executives of our association for their effort in the 2nd Anchovy and Horon Festival held cooperatively with Ümraniye Municipality. I also thank the citizens of Ümraniye and Istanbul for their participation. In this square, we showed the brotherhood of Anatolia. To live the culture of our regions also made us so happy. We have the happiness of distributing tones of anchovy to our citizens.”
President of the Federation of Rize Associations Celal Erdoğan said in his speech: “My fellow citizens of Rize, who has the quietness of its blue, the beauty of the green and the acrimony of waves of Black Sea in their personalities today we are together here as the citizens of Rize and I want to thank our precious Ümraniye Mayor Hasan Can and Ümraniye Association of the Citizens of Rize President for bringing us together in this beautiful organization.”
ENVER SEDAT ÇAKIROĞLU; “CULTURES AND SUBCULTURES CREATE THE RICHNESS AND POWER OF OUR COUNTRY”
Justice and Development Party County Head Enver Sedat Çakıroğlu said in his speech: “Our country is a place that has many cultures and have the richness of the subcultures consisting from these cultures. These cultures and subcultures create the richness and power of our country. Today we experience how to be from Black Sea region, which has a special colour and place in these colours and cultures. Being from Black Sea region is special with the acrimony of its waves, blue and green nature, hard geographic conditions, Horon, anchovy and meals. I am also happy to have this culture. And today, I thank Ümraniye Municipality, our mayor and Association of Citizens from Rize for this event.”
MAYOR HASAN CAN; “WE LOVE PROGRAMS, EVENTS THAT STRENGTHEN CITIZENS’ RELATIONS, FELLOWSHIP AND CONVERSATIONS.”
Making a speech in the festival, Ümraniye Mayor Hasan Can said: “I thank everyone who attended to our event here we held together with Ümraniye Association of Citizens of Rize at Ümraniye Square. We love programs and events that strengthen the relations of citizens, fellowship and conversations. I hope this excitement and feeling stay the same. Actually, anchovy is just an excuse. The most important thing here is the conversations and to be together with so many beautiful people. We have always supported our associations’ these kind of events and we will continue to support.” Mayor Hasan Can also said: “This we again had the opportunity of holding this program together with Ümraniye Association of the Citizens of Rize. This square we are standing today was made by us in our term in 2011. Via transporting the school here to somewhere else and tearing down the IGDAS building, we transformed here into a square prepared for the service. Of course, our intention is to improve this place. Via making a parking lot under it, we want to solve the parking lot problem and create a more beautiful squire. After the elections in 2015, this place will be spectacular in 2-3 years. I wish this festival to become so good. I hope that our union will continue forever.”
Later making a speech, Üsküdar Mayor Hilmi Türkmen said: “Where can you eat best anchovy far from the coast? If you ask, we would say Ümraniye Square. W thank Hasan Can because he gained this beautiful square to Ümraniye and I believe after the selections he will create a more beautiful environment here. I wish that the union of this beautiful citizens and young people continue forever.”
İstanbul Justice and Development Party Provincial Deputy Head Selim Temurci said in his speech: “For this beautiful environment, I want to thank especially the Association of the citizens from Rize, our founder President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s friend Ümraniye Mayor Hasan Can for their contribution to show the voice of the people from Black Sea region here. These cooperations and organizations are sometimes more important than the political organizations sometimes in order to continue our civilization, culture and traditions.”
Ümraniye County Governor Mustafa said in his speech: “In the 2nd Anchovy and Horon Festival, which we hold here today with the support of Association of Citizens from Rize and Ümraniye Municipality, we see thousands of people. Our county Ümraniye is the 3rd biggest county in Istanbul and 7th in Turkey with its population of 660.000. In this county, many people coming several parts of the country are trying to present their own town, traditions and culture. In this context, more than 500 fellow countrymen associations are working. Today we have the joy of sharing these traditions from Rize citizens via anchovy and horon festival. I wave a greeting to you and thank the municipality, all foundations, associations and the individuals for their contributions.”
Rize Governor Ersin Yazıcı said in his speech: “First of all, I want to thank Ümraniye Association of Citizens from Rize and the ones contributed for this beautiful organization. People from Rize have had the chance of eating anchovy and playing horon.” Indicating that they described Rize as a heaven and telling that every part of Turkey as corner from the heaven, Governor Yazıcı said that they made an effort for the unity and solidarity of the country and one of the strongest components of this was Black Sea region.
Rize Mp Nusret Bayraktar said; “We live the happiness of being with you here today in the 2nd Anchovy and Horon Festival. Anchovoy and Horon Festival is just an excuse and our unity and solidarity are perfect, because the aim of these festivals is not just eating anchovy. These are the places we look for unity and solidarity. Led by Ümraniye Municipality and created with the efforts of Ümraniye Association of Citizens from Rize President and executives, this scene is really important. We gladly thank Association of Citizens from Rize President and everyone who made efforts for this beautiful event.”
HÜSEYİN AVNİ MUTLU TREATED ANCHOVY TO CITIZIENS
Treating anchovy to the citizens, old Istanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu said that they were happy that the cultural of Black Sea was made alive in Istanbul and the participation was great. Mutlu said: “Festival is gorgeous and continues with the participations of Istanbul citizens and people from Black Sea region. I thank Ümraniye Association of Citizens from Rize and Ümraniye Municipality for this beautiful organization.”
After the protocol speeches and treating anchovy, the festival continues with the well-known songs of Black Sea region. The citizens who had pleasurable moments with anchovy eating contest were entertained with the Black Sea songs. Reward ceremony for the winners was held.
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Date: January 25, 2015