Turkey commemorated the death of Sufi poet Mevlana Jalaluddin al-Rumi, a 13th century Sufi mystic, poet and Islamic scholar, for the 746th time this year.
Thousands of visitors came to central Anatolian province of Konya, where Rumi — also known as Mevlana — was buried, to honor his passing.
Konya held various commemorative events to mark Rumi’s union with God, which is called Sheb-i Arus, or the wedding night.
Centered around the theme the Time of Fidelity, this year’s events took place on Dec. 7-17.
The 10-day commemoration covered over 1,300 programs including international symposiums, exhibitions, workshops,