Every year on December 7-17, Konya takes on a completely different shape. Memorial ceremonies for Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi, who died 743 years ago, attract thousands of people from every part of the world to Konya. As it is every year, audiences will watch a Seb-i Arus ceremony with a very rich content this year. The spirituality in the depths of your heart will once again reach the peaks, and perhaps you will not be able to control your tears. In addition, you will recall the seven admonitions of Mevlana.
Here are need-to-knows about the Seb-i Arus Ceremonies.
8 Reminders About Seb-i Arus
Every year thousands of people meet in Konya, which is the center of spirituality, to commemorate death night (or the night of rejoining) of Mevlâna Celâleddin Rumi. He has great respect for his deep faith in God and the way of looking to all humanity. Although death could be a melancholy occasion, Seb-i Arus means “Wedding Night” in Turkish. Rumi’s philosophy does not see death as the end. When people lose their physical body, they can reunite with the divine spirit of the universe – which is why Rumi believed this was his wedding night.
As it is every year, there will be a very rich program visitors from sema rituals to poetry concerts, conferences and exhibitions.
Keep in mind that understanding Mevlana is a good map of the way of life. Here are 8 reminders about Seb-i Arus.
- Seb-i Arus means “wedding night” or “bridal night”.
- Since Mevlana said “My deceased day is my wedding day”, the anniversary of his death has been named Seb-i Arus (reunion with his Beloved).
- The word ‘to whirl’ is actually not right to refer the whirling dervishes. In fact, this action is expressed as “sema”.
- The wide skirt that the whirling dervishes wear is called “tennure”.
- Sema ceremonies should not be applauded. Because this is not a demonstration.
- Seb-i Arus Ceremonies start with “Lampion Awakening Ceremony – Love and Tolerance March” every year on December 7th.
- The ceremonies that started on December 7 end on December 17, the day Mevlânâ passed away.
- Seb-i Arus Ceremonies last for 10 days. There are many events from sema ceremonies to photo contests, exhibitions, “mesnevi” courses, concerts, conferences, panels, poetry concerts, theater shows and conversations.
Places to See at Konya
Konya, which is more like an open-air museum, is one of the first residential areas of human history. Konya is a city with many historical and cultural riches. For this reason, paces to see at Konya don’t end with counting. Nevertheless, we’ve shown forth Konya City Guide for those who get to Seb-i Arus Ceremonies.
Mevlana Tomb and Dergah (Dervish Lodge): In 1230, the father of Mevlana was buried here on his will. The bases of Mevlana Tomb and Dergah were first laid in this way. Currently, there are writings, mines, glass and wood works, Mevlevi musical instruments, carpets and rugs belonging to Mevlana.
Alaaddin Mosque: Alaaddin Mosque is located on Alaaddin Hill in Konya. It dates back to the 12th century and unfortunately has lost some of its organic integrity.
Ince Minaret Madrasah (Madrasah with thin minaret): The Madrasah is located on the west side of Alaaddin Hill. It was built in 1260 by the Seljuk Vizier Sahip Ata. Its plain and humble design make it noticeably beautiful.
The Sahip Ata Complex: Though only a wonderful tile mosaic mihrab has survived, the Sahip Ata Complex is actually the oldest wooden mosque of the Anatolian Seljuks. The building was constructed in 1283 and has now become a complex.
Iplikci Mosque and Madrasah: The prominence of the Iplikci Mosque and Madrasah is that Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi taught here in the late 12th century. The building is located to the east of Alaaddin Hill. Iplikci Mosque and Madrasah were expanded and renovated in 1332.
Seljukian Mansion: Seljukian Mansion was built during the reign of Sultan II. Kilic Arslan. The mansion walls are decorated with wonderful tile motifs.
Karatay Madrasah: The Karatay Madrasah was made in 1251 by Celaleddin Karatay during the reign of Seljuk Sultan II. Izzettin Keykavus.
Kubad Abad Palace: Kubad Abad Palace, the oldest example of the Turkish Saray Complex, is located on the south-west of Lake Beysehir. The palace was built between 1226 and 1236.
Catalhoyuk: Catalhoyuk, which is 60 km away from Konya, is one of the first residential areas of human history. The first settlement dates back to 5500 BC. Works unearthed by ongoing archaeological excavations are exhibited at Konya Archeology Museum.
Kilistra Ancient City: The Kilistra Ancient City, 55 km from the city center on the south-west of Konya, is the site where Saint Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, gave his first sermon. In the ancient city on King’s Road (Local name – Kral Yolu), archaeological excavations are still going on.
Lake Meke: It has a very interesting character in terms of geology. Lake Meke attracts attention because it is a crater lake formed by a double volcanic eruption.
Lake Beysehir: Having a charming natural beauty, Beysehir Lake is Turkey’s largest freshwater lake. There are a total of 22 islands on it.
Ilgin Hot Springs: Ilgin Hot Springs are located 90 km from Konya. Minerals contained in hot spring water are a source of healing for many illnesses such as gynecological diseases, rheumatism, heart and kidney diseases.
Flavors of Konya
With its varieties and cooking methods, Konya has a unique cuisine. Do not return from Konya without having eaten the distinguished flavors of the Konya Cuisine, whose reputation has crossed the borders of the country. You can taste these delicacies at Mevlevi Sofrasi Restaurant in Konya Center.
- Tandir Kebab
- Etli Ekmek
- Etli Pilav
- Ekmek Salma
- Su Boregi
- Yaprak Sarma
- Tandir Böregi
- Arabasi Corbasi
- Sacarasi Tatlisi
7 Admonitions of Mevlana
- Act like a river in friendship and fraternity.
- Act like the sun in love and compassion.
- Act like the night in covering the faults of others.
- Act like the dead in anger and furry.
- Act like the soil in humility and selflessness.
- Act like the sea in tolerance.
- Either act in accordance with the way you look or look in accordance with the way you act!