Once the Myanmar women finished applying tanaka powder on the cheeks of some young Turkish girls, they began to laugh among themselves at the new, unusual look. More boys and girls stood behind, waiting for their turn to get the new look. And still more were waiting in another line nearby to try on Mongolia's national costume.
The students having fun applying the strange powder or trying on the thick, heavy Mongolian gown were among those learning about different cultures at the "Turkce Olimpiyatlari, Kultur Soleni", or the "International Turkish Olympiad".
Held by the Turkish Education Association at Kulturpark Fuar Alani, a cultural exhibition centre in Izmir city, the Olympiad promotes Turkish culture and language to the world. It also serves as a platform for the country's students, and those studying under the Turkish school network around the world, to learn about cultural differences.
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