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Traditional Turkish Festivals

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Turkey's Traditional Festivals

There is nothing like Turkey's wonderful traditional festivals, absolutely fantastic and famous. Experience Turkey's wonderful festivals, from historical Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival and Mesir Paste Festival to spectacular Mevlana Whirling Dervishes Festival.

Top 5 Turkish Festivals

Turkish people love to celebrate, have their own unique way of doing it, some events showcase our scenery. Turkey also have many uniquely Turkish festivals, celebrating both timeless traditions and contemporary practices.

Well over 100 festivals take place in Turkey each year and at times it is challenging to keep abreast with all the events that are regularly staged around the Mediterranean country.

Top 5 traditional festivals in Turkey;

  • Mevlana Whirling Dervishes Festival
  • Mesir Paste Festival
  • Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival
  • Camel Wrestling Festival
  • Ahirkapi Hidirellez Festival

Traditional Festivals

Ahirkapi Hidirellez Festival: Join the traditioanal Ahirkapi Hidirellez Festival to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Mevlana Whirling Dervishes Festival: Learn more about Mevlana's thought, the great Sufic saint, is one of the world's greatest philosopher and the father of the Mevlevi sect. Mevlana Whirling Dervishes Festival, the music, dance, listening and spiritual experience fuse together during the dance of the Dervishes.

Mesir Paste Festival: Connect with people to celebrate the Manisa Mesir Paste Festival, it is so funny to catch on mesir also known as power gum.

Experience the Polonezkoy Cherry Festival to celebrate the culture and tradition of the Polish community living in Istanbul, Turkey.

Oil Wrestling Festival: Do you know what is oil wrestling? To many the idea may sound like a joke, but to the competitors and fans at the 600-year-old Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival, this big tournament at the start of June is the FA Cup final of a sport steeped in history.

Camel Wrestling Festival: Camel Wrestling Festival has certain rules, and is usually held during winter as a winter festival.

Traditional Turkish Festivals

Mevlana Whirling Dervishes Festival, Konya