Each year in December
commemoration ceremonies are held in Konya,
Turkey, for Jelaleddin Rumi (Mevlana),
the great 13th-century Sufi (Islamic mystic)
poet and founder of the Mevlevi
(Whirling) Dervish order.
Rumi's death in mid-December
1273 (called Şeb-i
ah-ROOZ) is considered
night," the night he departed
this earthly life and was finally united
in love with the Divine.
Many travelers who
use TurkeyTravelPlanner.com have
asked me about attending
the Rumi ceremonies and seeing
the dervishes whirl in Konya,
Rumi's home city.
||Whirling to ecstasy...
In the past, it has been
difficult for me to help, as hotel
rooms and seats on
flights to and from Konya are
in great demand and fully booked
far in advance for the commemoration
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Turkey for visitors coming to the
commemoration ceremonies in Konya,
making it possible—easy!—for
non-Turks to attend.
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hotel rooms, etc.) are very
limited! Please make
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I've attended the Rumi
commemoration ceremonies numerous times,
and each time I have found them spellbinding and uplifting:
the orchestra plays, the chorus chants
and the Mevlevi
dervishes whirl as people from
dozens of countries near and far, rich
and poor, Islamic and
non-Islamic, sit and silently participate.
Every year the commemoration
ceremonies reaffirm that we are all
one people, and that we can and should live
together in harmony no matter
what our background or beliefs.
Rumi's message of peace,
love, tolerance and acceptance is
as vital and urgently necessary today
as it was in the time of the Seljuk
Sultanate of Rum, when Rumi lived.
—by Tom Brosnahan