Sheb-i-Aruz (Festival of whirling dervishes) - The Mevlana Festival in Konya takes place annually from December 7 to 17 and is dedicated to the great philosopher and poet Jalaladdin Rumi, nicknamed Mevlana (our lord) (Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi , 1207-1273).
But in 2021, festival events may be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The founder of heterodox Islam, Mevlana saw the light in the land of present-day Afghanistan and died in Konya, the center of the Seljuk state, but Turkey, Pakistan and India dispute the honor of being the birthplace of Jalaladdin Rumi. Among the extensive literary heritage of Rumi are poems and theological treatises. Rumi gained great fame thanks to the formation of the legendary Mawlawi order, whose members sought to achieve unity with God through the dance of Sama, the same age as the Universe.