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Each year crowds of pilgrims and tourists gather in Konya on December 17th

on 24/12/2014

Musée Mevlâna à Konya

       Konya is the largest city in Central Anatolia and is located at a height of 1000 metres.

Every year, on December 17th and during the preceding week, it is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world, as well as pilgrims who commemorate the death of Rumi (Mevlana), greatest mystic of all times. This day is also known as Seb-i Arus, the “Wedding Day of Rumi with his Beloved the Divine”.

This year is the 741st anniversary.

Djalal ad-Din Rumi was born in Afghanistan and moved to Konya with his family in 1229, where he died in 1273.

His life was turned upside down by an encounter with Sems-i Tebrizi, a wandering Dervish. It is just after Sems-I Tebrizi’s death that Mevlana wrote the Divan-i Kebir and the Mesnevi, two of the most influential works of Sufism.

When Mevlana died his disciples erected an impressive mausoleum in the exact same place where Seljuk Sultan Aladdin had welcomed Mevlana and his family when they first arrived in Konya.

It is around this mausoleum that Mevlana’s son Veled formed and developed the brotherhood of whirling Dervishes.

When Mustafa Kemal Ataturk ordered the closure of all the Mevlevi Tekkes (monasteries of Dervishes) in 1925 the mausoleum was turned into a museum and it has been, since then, welcoming more and more pilgrims every year.

A large number of Sema ceremonies, the mystic dance of the whirling Dervishes, take place during the week preceding the anniversary date.


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