🌳 10 December 2019 🌸☀ 🌸☀
Your RCF daily Jo’burg weather
Cloudy and cooler with a couple of showers
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✍🏼 *The EXTRA-BIT of useful/useless info* 👇🏼
It’s that tine of the year where midday and midnight are actually at the stroke of 12:00. Check the table above.
We have a peek at another festival, this time in Turkey. The Whirling Dervishes
Men dressed in whites robes and tall hats spinning in circles doesn’t sound as exciting as running with the bulls or dancing at Rio’s Carnival, but the chance to watch the Whirling Dervishes will change you in a way you’d never expect. Based on the teachings and practices of the 13th-century poet Rumi, this 10-day festival will expose you to the power of devotion and show you that spinning can do more than just make you dizzy.
With the fall of the Ottoman Empire after WWI, the Sufi organizations were declared illegal, and the tekkes were either closed down, adapted into mosques, or turned into museums. Two of the most important remaining Mevlevihane are the ones in Konya (where Mevlânâ is buried) and the Galata Mevlevihanesi in Istanbul. By 1953 public performances of the Mevlevi Sema, or the Whirling Prayer Ceremony, were permitted by the Turkish government, and soon large crowds came from all over the world to watch displays organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Kind regards, Zubair
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