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Union of Turkish World Municipalities keeps on supporting activities about our common cultural values. Within the scope of these activities, TDBB supported 505th Ayvaz Dede Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina between May 15 and June 14.

During Ayvaz Dede Festival, which is the most far-reaching Islamic Festival of Europe and which is celebrated since the presence of Ottomans in Balkans (except for the period between 1947 and 1990) in the memory of Ayvaz Dede, an Anatolian Saint who, according to the legend, worshipped for 40 days for the cracking of the rock preventing Prusac village’s water, approximately 100.000 people (in the closing ceremony between 30 and 40.000) are hosted from Bosnia and Herzegovina and nearby geography.

The Festival, in which 92 activities like scientific forum, conference, book launch, artistic exhibitions, sports competitions, traditional mounted troops, folk dances take place, is organized by 13 Municipalities and Chief Mufti of Travnik (Travnik, Bugojno, Jajce, Busovača, Donji Vakuf, Novi Travnik,Vitez, Livno, Duvno, Prnjavor, Zenica ve Prusac).

In accordance with the request of Travnik Municipality TDBB Executive Board decided to provide financial support of 20.000 dollars to 505th Ayvaz Dede Festival in which Turkish Janissary Band, Religious Affairs Chorus, Bursa Whirling Dervish Group, Scouting and Guiding Federation of Turkey will take place.

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