The annual Sheb-i Arus ceremony has held in the central province of Konya on Friday to commemorate Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi who passed away 737 years ago.
A number of people converged to the province to watch the ceremony.
Each year, on the 17th of December, the Mevlevi Order offers a special Sema (dance of the Whirling Dervishes) to celebrate Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi's "Sheb-i Arus" or "Wedding Night (Vuslat)". On this traditional night, the Mevlevi Order, the Whirling Dervishes, and the many lovers of Mevlana celebrate and remember his reunion with his Beloved.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, several members of the cabinet and a number of ambassadors are watching the performance of Whirling Dervishes commemorating their supreme master.
The leader of the country's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, together with a number of CHP deputies, also attended the ceremony.
Mevlana, who devoted himself to the pursuit of Sufi mysticism, was the spiritual founder of the Mevlevi order of Whirling Dervishes and he was justly regarded as the supreme master.
The Masnavi or Masnavi-I Ma'navi, written in Persian by Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi is one of the best known and most influential works of both Sufism and Persian literature. Comprising six books of poems that amount to more than 50,000 lines, it pursues its way through 424 stories that illustrate man's predicament in his search for God.