Whirling Dervish ceremony
The first thing to appreciate is that this is not so much a performance show but is a genuine meditation worship ceremony accompanied by traditional reed instruments. Mevlana Celaleddin (or Rumi as he’s known in the West) was the 13th century religious leader behind the Whirling Dervishes. His philosophy of “come as you are” was attractive to many people searching for true meaning in life.
The one-hour ceremony has seven parts, symbolizing the whirling dervish’s love of God, humankind and all creation as they dance (whirl) with one hand raised (to receive from God) and the other hand turned down toward the earth (to pass the blessing on to the poor).
Option 1: MOTIF Culture Centre (Ortihisar) This ceremony is held in the MOTIF culture centre.
Option 2: Saruhan Caravanserai (near Avanos) Built in 1249, the caravanserai originally provided safe lodging for the tradesmen travelling by camel, and a trade centre where they could sell their wares. It provides a very unique and atmospheric venue to watch the dervish ceremony.
After the ceremony you will have time to explore the caravanserai and to enjoy a Turkish tea before returning to your hotel.
If your budget allows it, we strongly recommend considering this option.
The ceremonies are normally held late afternoon / early evening, depending on the time of year and your preferred venue.
Please email us to let us know when you plan to be here, which venue you prefer and we can advise the time and cost accordingly.