Home
Welcome

Please select your city:


Username
Password
Remember
Click here to register
Forgot Password?
     
Move to Turkey
Relocation Companies
Where To Stay
Hotels, Aparts, Suites
Learn Turkish
Instructors, Courses

Member interviews
What about yours?
Lisa from Kadıköy
Sarah from Sisli
Claudia from Fenerbahce
Nilgün from Suadiye
Aaron from Çekmeköy

From Members' Pen
Members' columns
Be a Correspondent
A Weekend Escape to Edirne
Siirt in Istanbul
Lemon Cheesecake
A Visit to Aya Yorgi and Heybeliada
Angelique´s Latest Trips
Advertisement Advertise here/Buraya reklam verin

Forums
Moving to Turkey
Relocation
Law & Legal
Health
Money affairs
Vehicles (Cars, boats, motocycles etc)
Communications, electronics, media
Children / Les enfants
Pets
Turkish Language
Tourism / Travel / Sightseeing
Educational Topics


e-coupons

Free newsletter

Your Name

Your Email

We will send regular newsletters to our members who have signed up for receiving it during the registration. In 'mymerhaba' newsletter, our editorial staff provides updates, with regard to any information related to places worth visiting, viewing, or otherwise worth knowing, for those who care to know more....

Kirkpinar Oil-Wrestling

Untitled Document Sarayiçi district of Edirne has been hosting Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Festival since 1361. The festival takes place at the end of June and beginning of July each year.

Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Festival was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2010 and also holds the Guinness World Record for being the longest running sports event in history.

There are several legends about Kırkpınar. The best known is: The legend started when Ottoman Sultan Orhan Gazi invaded Thrace.  Sultan and Süleyman Pasha, together with 40 warriors, seized forts in the region that is now the Greece/Turkey/Bulgaria border.  On their return, the soldiers started wrestling on the place they camped. Two brothers, Ali and Selim, wrestled for hours; however, they could not defeat each other. The match had to be continued  at Ahırköy meadow during the annual Spring Festival (Hıdrellez) and Süleyman Pasha  promised the winner a pair of leather pants (kispet). The combat started early in the morning and continued until midnight. In the end they both died of exhaustion.

Their comrades buried them under a fig tree and left. Years later a group returned to visit the graves and found a great spring flowing on the burial site and named the place Kırkpınar (Forty Springs).

Samona, the original birthplace of Kırkpınar is now within the borders of Greece. At the end of the Balkan War and World War I, Kırkpınar Wrestling took place at Virantekke near Edirne. Since the foundation  of the Turkish Republic the contests have been held in the Sarayiçi area of Edirne.

The Kırkpınar Agas (Kırkpınar Landlords) organized the Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling until 1928. They entertained the guests and awarded the winners. Since 1946, the Kırkpınar Oil Wresting has been organized by the Municipality of Edirne.

The main differences that separate Kırkpınar Oil wrestling matches from Olympic wrestling are the duration of the match, tricks, and the rules of defeat. Oil wrestling matches are longer. The most important difference is that the wrestlers cover their body with olive oil to make holding difficult, and they wear kispet.

The tight short leather trousers that each competing Pehlivan (wrestler) wears are called “Kispet”. These kispet are made of water buffalo hide or calfskin and weigh about 12 kilograms.  The belt of the kıspet is about four inches wide and half an inch thick. In the past, the wrestler’s wearing of “kispet” was considered a very significant event and there had to be a ceremony. The wrestlers had to achieve the rank of “Pehlivan” before being allowed to wear “kıspet”.

Kıspet are carried in baskets called Zembil, which are made of straw. After the wrestling the kıspet are cleaned and greased to prevent their drying out, and are put into the basket until the next match. When a wrestler hangs his Zembil on the wall it means that he has quit wrestling and will never wrestle again.

All fighters line up along one side of the field and the Cazgır (announcer) introduces the Pehlivans to the audience by announcing their names, titles and skills with appropriate verses and prayers. Then the wrestlers fill the field and begin harmonious warming up movements called “peşrev” accompanied by davul (drum) and zurna (horn).

The first aim of the Pehlivan is to become the Başpehlivan (head wrestler or the champion) at Kırkpınar. The winning wrestler in the “Baş” (head) category receives Başpehlivan of the Year award. The wrestler  who becomes Başpehlivan for three consecutive years is awarded the most prestigious award of Kırkpınar: a 14-carat Golden Belt weighing 1.5 kilograms.




Turkish Coffee
Kirkpinar Oil-Wrestling
Traditions & Habits
Religious Colors
Islam in Turkey
Istanbul's Holy Places
Ankara's Holy Places
Famous Personalities
Legendary bazaars
Turkish Cuisine
Special Tastes
Hubble-bubble (Nargile)
Rakı and Meyhane
Hamam - Turkish Bath
Luck Games
A Little Turkish Fun

Would you like to add your comment about this article? Click here!


Editor's Picks

Şile On the Asian shoreline of Bosphorus, just 70 km away from the city center, Şile’s widespread sandy beaches. more...

Summer and Child Health Pediatrician Beril Bayrak Bulucu’s article is titled “Summer and Child Health”. more...

Home Sweet Home Wondering how to change a house into “Home sweet home”? Here are some clues to help you settle in a foreign town. more...

Burhan Doğançay Burhan Dogançay is primarily known for a body of work that grew out of his fascination with urban walls. more...

Piyaz – Haricoat bean salad Zeyda would like to share with you her Haricot Bean Salad recipe. more...

What Gift to Take When… In summer number of wedding, engagement and circumcision ceremonies increase. What gift to take when... more...


Latest Articles
Gümüşlük Festival
Istanbul Jazz Festival
Istanbul Opera Festival
International Izmir Festival
The Flying Broom Festival
Ankara Jazz Festival
Kadıköy Walk - Audio Tour
Istanbul Tulip Festival
XJAZZ Festival 2017
Ankara Music Festival






 

Alla Turca
Turkish Coffee
Kirkpinar Oil-Wrestling
Traditions & Habits
Religious Colors
Islam in Turkey
Istanbul's Holy Places
Ankara's Holy Places
Famous Personalities
Legendary bazaars
Turkish Cuisine
Special Tastes
Hubble-bubble (Nargile)
Rakı and Meyhane
Hamam - Turkish Bath
Luck Games
A Little Turkish Fun




Rhythm of Town

Events calendar
Valentine's Day
Istanbul Live
This Weekend in Istanbul
Ankara Live
This Weekend in Ankara
Social Clubs in Ankara
Restaurants and Cafes in Istanbul
Restaurants and Cafes in Ankara
Sightseeing in Istanbul
Sightseeing in Ankara
Various Discoveries
Best of...
Art and Culture in Istanbul
Art & Culture in Ankara
For Kids - Istanbul
For Kids - Ankara
Hobbies Istanbul
Hobbies Ankara
Sports
Biletix System
Films on cnbc-e


Turkeywide

Turkish Ruins
Mount Ararat Trek
Seeing the Truth
Filmmor 2017
XJAZZ Festival 2017
International Izmir Festival
The Flying Broom Festival
Gümüşlük Festival
In Other Cities
Baksı Museum
It´s Time to Take Pictures!!
Photo of the Month
Inside Out in Istanbul
Sand Sculpture Festival
Mandatory Health Insurance for Expats
Impossible Fairies - Out Now
Istanbul Contemporary Cuisine
Changes on Work Permit
New Year
Turkey's TOP 10s
Summer-house
Anzac Day
İzmir Wild Life Park
Antalya State Opera and Ballet - March
Izmir State Opera and Ballet - March
Registration of Canadians Abroad
News From The Expat Harem
Latest Amendments in Land Registry Law


Events Calendar

<< Jul 2017 >>
Su
Mo
Tu
We
Th
Fr
Sa
 1
 2
 3
 4
 5
 6
 7
 8
 9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31

Shopping
Shopping in Istanbul
Shopping in Ankara
Product showcase
Shopping corner

Weather

Istanbul

Ankara



Advertising/Reklam
Add "mymerhaba" to my favorites | make "mymerhaba" my homepage
About "mymerhaba"
| Thanks to | Contact Us | Links | FAQ
copyright "mymerhaba" All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
This site is best viewed with Internet Explorer 5 or greater with minimum 800*600 resolution

powered by IDserv
Website Security Test