While those of you in the Christian world are wondering if you have enough Brussels sprouts or if Auntie Jean will notice that you have bought her a scarf for the 6th Christmas in a row, in Bodrum we are celebrating the mandarin orange. And today was very orange. The municipality distributed orange beanie hats and scarves and swathed a lot of orange chiffon around.
What has a camel got to do with small citrus fruit? Who cares - two very photogenic camels led the mandarin procession - followed by a brass band and dancing children - from the marina to the town square where stalls representing various charities and businesses were set up selling mandarin inspired goods (although some weren't anything to do with citrus but again, who cares)
These high school students were raising money to build a park specifically for disabled children.
I caught up briefly with two famous bloggers and TV cooks, Oya Emerk and Sibel Yalçin who were off to take part in a citrus breakfast and then various cookery demonstrations.
The weekly handicrafts stalls got their share of chiffon and orange hats and a few extra customers for their stalls ....
...and the children danced beautifully.
No this giant mandarin wasn't erected specially for the week-end festival. It's a permanent fixture.