2nd ‘Turkish World Ancestor Sports Festival’, an organization hosted by Bursa Metropolitan Municipality-also member of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), took place in Keles Kocayayla between 22 and 23 July 2017.

2nd Turkish World Ancestor Sports Festival made with the participation of delegates coming from Afghanistan, Altai Autonomous Republic, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Crimea, Kosovo, Macedonia, Hungary, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Romania, Uyghur Autonomous Region, Dagestan Autonomous Republic, Tatarstan, TRNC, Georgia (Karakalpaks), Iraqi Turkmens, Syrian Turkmens, Pakistan and Turkey.

Turkish World Ancestor Sports Festival started with the ceremony made in Keles Kocayayla. Talking in the opening ceremony of the festival, Mayor of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Recep Altepe stated that a nation which doesn’t adopt its ancestors cannot have a future and added that as municipality, they want to contribute to the world peace with a powerful future by protecting the cultural heritage. Mayor Altepe also talked as, “We have an honorable and glorious past. Wherever we go, we witness that Ottoman Turkish Works have been destroyed. There were 220 mosques in Belgrade but now there is just one. Likewise there were 128 mosques in Skopje but there are 20 left. On the other hand our ancestors had never destroyed any churches in the region where they governed. Therefore this is a great nation and we protect our traditions and culture”.

Within the framework of the events, the program started with sports, war and strategic games like Kökbörü (catching goat), Pars and Belt Wrestling, Horse Race, Mangala, Archery on Horse, Wrestling on Horse, Archery on Walk, Word Competition and Truncheon War Game. Famous dombra artist Arslanbek Sultanbek and singers from Kirkuk Ahmet Tuzlu and Osman Avcı met with the visitors during the festival. In addition, folk dances of Kyrgyz, Kazakh and Caucasian dancers and also call-and-response duets gave moments of pleasure to the visitors. In historical Kocayayla, foots of Uludağ, the guests were presented cultural objects, tastes and clothes of relative communities like Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uyghur, Uzbek, Turkmen, Tatar, and Noghai. In the highland, people witnessed traditional ceremonies call-and-response duets, Turkish World meetings, Beşik Toyu (meeting), Aksakallar toyu (Elderly Meeting) and were taught handcrafts like kumis, strained yoghurt and dried cheese, pastries like Boorsak, Çelpek, Çiğbörek, sliver, rug weaving, betaşar, production of börk, knife and sword. Within the framework of the organization, traditional handicrafts were sold in Arasta Bazaar.