Turkey marked the arrival of spring with a traditional festival called Hidrellez on Monday. As part of celebrations of the seasonal festival, people threw their wish papers, pebble stones and olive branches to the sea in the Mediterranean province of Antalya and wished health, job, money, and love. Coinciding with the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, people threw papers with wishes written on them to Tunca River after getting pre-dawn meal of sahur before starting fasting in the northwestern province of Edirne. Provincial governor Ekrem Canalp told reporters that it is more special to celebrate the Turkic cultural heritage of Hidrellez on the first day of Ramadan. Turkish communities around the world celebrate Hidrellez on May 6 while Christians in the Balkans mark it as St. George's Day on April 23.