Sufi Music Concert & Whirling Dervish Ceremony

Sufi Music Concert & Whirling Dervish Ceremony
– Sirkeci – Istanbul – Turkiye –
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Hodjapasha Cultural Center Istanbul Turkey Sema Ceremony

Hodjapasha Show Start: At 19:00 Pm ( Please be There 30 Minutes Before )
Hodjapasha Show Finish: At 20:00 Pm
Hodjapasha Duration: 1 Hour
Hodjapasha Place : Sirkeci / Eminonu / Istanbul / Turkiye
Hodjapasha Price: 39 USD Per Adult /// 23 USD Per Child !!!
Hodjapasha Price: OR 1250 Turkish Lira /// 700 Turkish Lira Per Child !!!

What’s Included ;

  • Tickets to the Whirling Dervishes Live Show and Exhibition
  • Free Multi-Language Booklet
  • Complimentary Beverages Prior To the Show

What’s not Included ;

  • Optional Gratuities !!!

Cancellation Policy ;

Please Note that this experience is Non-Refundable, Even if canceled in advance.

Hodjapasha Price: 39 USD Per Adult /// 23 USD Per Child !!!
Hodjapasha Price: OR 1250 Turkish Lira /// 700 Turkish Lira Per Child !!!


Important to Know ;

  • Tickets cannot be amended or canceled once booked !!!
  • Children Under 7 years of age are not allowed !!!
  • Photography is not allowed !!!
  • Please be available at the theater 30 minutes before the show time…
  • Important Notice: Latecomers are allowed to enter the Sema session first 10 minutes to allow for a peaceful ceremony.
  • Booking of visitors who come later than 15 minutes is regarded as a no-show and the ticket price will not be refunded !!!
  • The Theater is not Suitable for Wheelchairs ..
  • Don’t Take a Photo !!!
  • Extra days can be added Upon Request. Please see our Program Calendar !!!

Do This Because ;

  •  See the awe-inspiring traditional Sema ceremony that dates back over 800 years …..
  •  Step into a restored Ottoman Turkish bath…
  •  Learn the fascinating history behind this mystical Sufi Ritual…


The whirling ceremony is mainly structured into four parts:

1. Naat-I Sharif

The ceremony begins with the naat, where a solo singer recites a eulogy to the prophet Muhammad. The tribute is concluded with a Taksim on the reed flute to indicate the divine breath that gives life to all living creatures.

2. Devr-i Veled

The Devr follows, where the semazens walk slowly to match the rhythm of the peshrev music. They then slap the ground forcefully to represent God’s word of creation, ‘Be.’ The semazens then make a circuit in a single file around the hall thrice. At the beginning of each circuit, they bow to their partners at the front and back.

The bow is significant because it represents God’s breath into every living animal. Once the dervishes finish bowing, they remove the black cloaks.

3. The Four Salems

The Salems represent the main part of the ceremony, which begins with musical movements. The first one represents the birth of human beings to truth and through submission to God. The second Salem equates to the rapture of humankind and the omnipotence of God.

The third Salem represents the transformation of the rapture into love. It also represents submission and unity, and the final Salem represents the semazens’ acceptance of the whole self and that they are God’s servants.

4. Quranic Recitation

The Quranic recitation is the final stage of the ceremony. The verses said during the recitation are God is in the East and West, and His face is everywhere.

Known to the west as Whirling Dervishes, the Mevlevi Order was founded by Mevlana Rumi in the 13th century. The Order wrote of tolerance, forgiveness, and enlightenment. They survive today as a cultural brotherhood. They are not theatrical spectacles but sacred rituals.

The ritual of the Mevlevi sect, known as the sema, is a serious religious ritual performed by Muslim priests in a prayer trance to Allah. Mevlevi believed that during the sema the soul was released from earthly ties, and able to freely and jubilantly commune with the divine. Dervish literally means “doorway” and is thought to be an entrance from this material world to the spiritual, heavenly world.

The Whirling Dervishes played an important part in the evolution of Ottoman high culture.
From the fourteenth to the twentieth century, their impact on classical poetry, calligraphy and visual arts was profound. Rumi and his followers integrated music into their rituals as an article of faith. Rumi emphasized that music uplifts our spirit to realms above and we hear the tunes of the Gates of Paradise.

“Be a lover, a lover. Choose love that you might be a chosen one.”

Turkish Mystic Music & Dance .. 800 Years of Tradition Sufi Music Concert and Whirling Dervishes Ceremony by Sufi Group of Istanbul Galata Mevlevi .



Duration: 60 Minutes from 19:00 Pm till 20:00 Pm

Hocapasha Culture Center Whirling Dervish 


The Mevlevi Sema Ceremony represents the mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to perfection. It is one of the most important heritage of Turkish Culture as a tradition of 800 years old. This unique traditional ritual had been proclaimed as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005.