List of Famous Religious Festivals in Turkey

In Turkey more than 1000 festivals and events are celebrating in every year. People of this country are celebrating these festivals for their entertainment and for enjoyment. Istanbul is a most important centre of festivals in Turkey and in summer season various music festivals are held in this country. There various religious festivals and events are celebrating in Turkey which are very famous and popular. Festivals like Camel Wrestling, Open Door Architecture, Istanbul Music Festival, Kas Lycia Festival, Oil Wrestling Championship are the popular festival of Turkey. Here are the list of famous religious festivals of Turkey.

Famous Religious Festivals in Turkey List

1. Oil Wrestling Festival

Oil Wrestling Festival

The Oil Wrestling Festival is very old and famous festival of Turkey and second name of this festival is grease wrestling. It is the national sports of this country and wrestlers of this tournament wear hand hand-stitched leather trousers called a kisbet and it is made with water buffalo hide. In this festival wrestlers douse themselves with oil and than start wrestling to win.

Oil Wrestling Festival:

2. Camel Wrestling Festival

Camel Wrestling Festival

The Camel Wrestling Festival is very popular and religious festival of Turkey and it held in January. It is a very old festival which is originated in the country over 2400 years ago. In this festival two male camel wrestle each other for female camel. In year 2011 there are 2000 wrestling camels in Turkey for wrestling competition. Camel are sale in this country at very high price rates for wrestling tournament.

Camel Wrestling Festival:

3. Mevlana Whirling Dervishes Festival

Mevlana Whirling Dervishes Festival

The Mevlana Whirling Dervishes Festival is most famous and traditional festival of Turkey. In this festival Sufism or Taṣawwuf giving a dance performance it is an act of love and faith for sufi arms of Islam. This festival starts from 10 to 17 Dec 2017 in Konya. In Mevlana Whirling Dervishes Festival thousands of people are gather to become a part of the festival.

Mevlana Whirling Dervishes Festival:



Mesir Paste Festival is a popular festival of Turkey which is celebrated in Manisa for recovery of Hafsa Sultan, mother of Suleyman the Magnificent. She was cured from a disease by invention of paste named as Mesir Macunu. The paste is prepared by chef and apprentices in every year from 21 to 24 March with 41 spices and herbs. The thousands of people comes from different reasons of Turkey to catch pieces of paste.


5. Istanbul International Music Festival

Istanbul International Music Festival

The Istanbul International Music Festival is one of the longest running festival of Istanbul city, musicians from different part of countries and reasons come to this festival to take part. Musician perform traditional music, European classical music, opera and ballet in festival. This festival was first organised in year 1973 by Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts.

Istanbul International Music Festival:

6. International Bodrum Dance Festival

International Bodrum Dance Festival

The International Bodrum Dance Festival is very famous and traditional festival of Turkey. In this festival a large number of dancer from different reasons have take part. The crowd of thousands of people gather in this festival for enjoyment and entertainment. It is International festival which is held from 22nd to 27th May in Turkey and 122 staff members have working in this event.

International Bodrum Dance Festival:

7. Ramadan Festival

Ramadan Festival

Ramadan Festival is traditional and very famous festival of Turkey, it is a time for visiting relatives and given respect to their older. The symbols of this festival are A new moon, Karagoz and Hacivat shadow plays, Delicious traditional foods, Sweets and traditional desserts, A cup of Turkish tea or coffee and Best wishes and blessings. In this festival children kiss on their parents hand and get blessing and wishes.

Ramadan Festival:



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