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Albuquerque Raindrop Turkish House Hosted Turkish American Community for a Ramadan Iftar Dinner

raindropalbuquerqueiftarAlbuquerque Raindrop Turkish House hosted the Turkish American Community for a Ramadan Iftar Dinner sponsored by a local Turkish American businessman, Ahmet Tiryaki on August 4th 2012. After having delicious iftar dinner with 65 people, the Executive Director of RDTH gave some information about RDTH, its mission in Albuquerque and Raindrop's past and future events. He also presented an introducing video of Raindrop Turkish House. Following, he stated the importance of RDTH in Albuquerque and also to keep alive Turkish Culture in American multicultural society. He put emphasize on the significance of "adaptation but not assimilation".

At the end of the speech, he called Ahmet Tiryaki to the podium to receive an appreciation award "in appreciation for all his hard work and dedication to Turkish American community". The award presented to Ahmet Tiryaki by Unal Sakoglu who is the former president of UNM Turkish Student Association.

It was a gathering for Turkish Americans not only breaking their fasts, but also letting them know each other and having conversations. Evening was one of the most commemorable events for Turkish Americans living in Albuquerque.

(August 4, 2012. Albuquerque, NM)

Albuquerque Raindrop Woman Association Hosted a Ramadan Iftar Dinner

twaiftarAlbuquerque Raindrop Woman Association hosted a Ramadan Iftar Dinner for Turkish-American ladies on July 28th. Guests are informed about Raindrop Woman Association's activities and following one of the "Trips to Turkey 2012" participants Monica shared her experience and photos of Turkey with the guests. They had warm conversations throughout the night.

(July 28, 2012. Albuquerque, NM)

UNM- College of Education Had One of It's Classes in Abq Raindrop Turkish House

collegeofeducationAlbuquerque Raindrop Turkish House hosted Masters- PhD students and their professor Dr. Lani Gunawardena from the College of Education of University of New Mexico (UNM). The ‘Cross Cultural Issues in Adult Learning’ class students from the Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology Department (OLIT) came to RDTH to have the class on July 19th, 2012 at 4:20 p.m. The meeting was started with warm greetings and welcome to the guests by the Executive Director of RDTH and followed by the presentation of Raindrop Turkish House. The program kept on going with having the class at the same time having the delicious Turkish coffee. After the class (at 6:30 p.m.), the guests enjoyed delicious homemade Turkish Food made by local Turkish families. The program ended at 7:30 p.m.

(July 19, 2012. Albuquerque, NM)

Henna Night Party in Raindrop Turkish House- Albuquerque

secondnennanightAlbuquerque Raindrop Women Association organized spectacular Henna Night (in Turkish: Kina Gecesi) in an illustrative example of Heather Bubon on April 14, 2012. More than 40 women celebrated Heather's illustrative example henna night which is a traditional Turkish bachelorette party celebrated a night before the wedding night in Turkey. The Night was started with the presentation of traditional Turkish Henna Night and then attendees enjoyed delicious Turkish pastry and desserts. After a while, the illustrative example bride (Heather) came inside the hall and she was surrounded by everyone. Following to put henna upon her hands, everyone performed a slow dance with a traditional henna song which is named "high- high mountain tops". The lyrics of the henna song are: "They shouldn't build homes high up on the mountain tops; they shouldn't give girls to faraway lands; they shouldn't neglect the mother's one and only; may the birds carry the message, I miss my mother, both my mother and father, I miss my village". At the end of the night, attendees were agreed that it was a different and unforgettable experience. Following they played games and had ruffle. The night was ended with delivering henna to the participants.

(April 14, 2012. Albuquerque, NM)

Albuquerque Raindrop Turkish House Celebrated the International Women’s Day

womensdayInternational Women's Day was celebrated by ladies and gentlemen from different walks of life together in Albuquerque Raindrop Turkish House. The event started with the delicious Turkish, Azerbaijanian and Turkmen food at 6:30 pm on March 9th, 2012. Following the MC of the night Sara Smith gave a little information about International Women's Day. And then she announced the executive director of Raindrop Turkish House to give information about Raindrop and its current and future organizations. After that, guests enjoyed the video presentation of Raindrop Turkish House. At 7:00 pm a successful woman, a wife, a mother and the keynote speaker of the night Senator Dede Feldman gave a speech on "the place of women in society". Right after the question- answer section, there was a surprise for Senator Dede Feldman for her birthday. Guests enjoyed the birthday cake altogether while touring the cultural and handcraft exhibition. In addition, live music performed by Sayavur Bakhtiyarov during the exhibition tour.

In this event, women and men in Albuquerque connected to celebrate and honor women past, present and future in many exciting ways such as women's day exhibition, sharing the ideas about the aspects of equality of woman- man, delicious food and a wonderful speech was given by Senator Dede Feldman.

(March 15, 2012 Albuquerque, NM)

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