Whirling Dervishes Festival will be held 10 to 18 Dec 2018 in Konya, Turkey.
Whirling Dervishes Festival is one of the world’s most intriguing sights, a mesmerising spectacle of dizzy twirling. The ritual whirling is an act of love and a performance of faith for the Sufi arm of Islam. Every December on the anniversary of Rumi’s death known as Seb-i Aruz, thousands of pilgrims flood Konya to witness the ritualized whirling at his Mausoleum. In a ceremony known as Sema, Rumi’s religious followers participate in an intricate dance each evening, in which they quickly move and spin around in beautiful white and colored skirts. Their leader represents the sun and the spinning dancers the orbits of the stars and moon. There are four dances symbolising the four seasons, the four elements and the four ages of man. The ceremony is split into seven different parts, each of which is set to a distinct musical theme called a selam. Over the course of the night, the music changes from eerie to haunting to beautiful as the dancers continue their amazing whirling movements. Whirling Dervishes Festival is an event and I like events...
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