Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) provided financial and participation support to the 512th Ajvatovica (Ayvaz Dede) Festival, which was completed with a ceremony held in Bosnia-Herzegovina on 26 June 2022.

The ceremony held this year was attended by members of TDBB who are Mayor of Karatay Hasan Kılca, Mayor of Selçuklu Ahmet Pekyatırmacı, Mayor of Şehzadeler Ömer Faruk Çelik, Mayor of Meram Mustafa Kavuş and many Bosnian citizens. In addition, Turkey’s Ambassador to Sarajevo Sadık Babür Girgin and representatives of Turkish institutions and organizations took part in the events.

In his speech at the ceremony, the President of the Islamic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina Husein Kavazovic reminded that the Bosnian people wanted to be destroyed in the 1992-1995 war in the country, and said, “We have to believe in ourselves and fight. We have our religion, language, culture, land and state.”

Travnik Mufti Ahmed Adilovic also expressed his satisfaction with the festivities regaining their former glory after the Covid-19 outbreak.

While the passage of 280 horsemen in Prusac and the concert of T.R. Ministry of National Defense Mehteran Union were attended by thousands of people, and this year’s ceremonies were completed with the noon prayer performed after the Quran and prayer.

Ayvaz Dede Festivals have been financially supported by TDBB since 2015, upon the request of Travnik Municipality, one of the TDBB Bosnia member municipalities.

Who is Ayvaz Dede?

Ayvaz Dede was an Anatolian holy man from Akhisar who came from Horasan region of Turkey to Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to spread the Islamic faith like another Turkish dervish named Sarı Saltuk Dede. According to the legend, Ayvaz Dede prayed for 40 days and 40 nights at the mountain in the Prusac village (Akhisar) where the festival has been organizing now to stop the drought.

Moreover, according to the legend, one night Ayvaz Dede made a dream about two goats fighting. After this vision, when he woke up, he found the mountain splitting and the water running between the rocks of the mountain. After this event, the region got water and the drought ended, and the people of the region who heard about this miraculous event chose Islam.