For years, young men and women in Çanakkale's Bayramiç district have met on "Lovers' Street" on the first Sunday of May every year to meet their future spouses.
Each year, the village of Muratlar organizes a matchmaking event on "Lovers' Street" where bachelors and bachelorettes from surrounding villages can meet.
As the young meet their peers, local flavors, deserts and beverages are offered to the participants of the event.
Speaking to the press, Muratlar village head İsa Korkmaz said the matchmaking tradition has been going on for centuries in the village.
Stating that they aim to continue the tradition for many years to come, Korkamaz said: "This tradition has been a part of our village for centuries. Young people coming from surrounding villages and even neighboring provinces meet here on Lovers' Street, looking for their future spouses. Every year at least three couples who meet here get married."
Gökhan Barışkan, 27 years old, who came to Lovers' Street from a neighboring village, said he is looking for love. Noting that Lovers' Street is famous in the region, he added: "I came to the street twice before but I could not find my match. I will try my luck once again."
Ertuğrul Yavaş, who came from the city center of Çanakkale, said this is his third time on Lovers' Street and added: "It is nice to be back here. I am looking for my future spouse."
Gönül Hak is one of the visitors to Lovers' Street who came from outside of the city. Hak said she came from İzmir after watching the tradition on TV. She said this is her first time, but she has already been thinking of coming back next year.
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