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Whirling Dervishes Festival

The 13th century Sufi poet, Celaleddin Rumi (Mevlâna) is widely considered one of the world's great mystic philosophers. His religious writings and poetry are highly respected the world over by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. One of Mevlâna's core beliefs was that it was possible to attain union with God through dance. Following his death on 17 December 1273 (known today as his wedding night with Allah), Mevlâna's followers formed the Mevlevi brotherhood — known more widely as the whirling dervishes — with the trance-like whirling dance at the heart of their worship ceremonies. Each December, the ancient city of Konya, in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey draws scores of visitors from around the world to witness the beguiling Whirling Dervishes in action during the annual, Mevlâna Festival.
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Events take place all over Konya including the Mevlâna Cultural Center.