Eastern and southeastern Region



(Gazi Antep, Maras, Adiyaman, Urfa, Diyarbakir,Elazig, Malatya, Bingol, Sivas, Erzincan, Mus, Bitlis, Siit, Mardin, Hakkari,Van)

The word halay refers to getting together with people. Found in three different regions, the halay is frequently associated with two cities, Sivas and Corum, in Central Anatolia. It is performed by men and women alike, who stand closely linked in a line, circle or semicircle. Relying on a leader to announce the step changes, done by calls and/or waves of an accompanying handkerchief, the dancers begin slowly. Gradually over one, two or three sections, they increase their speed. Often, hand clasp are featured, which may be done by individuals or with opposing partners. When performed outdoors and also in the East, the powerful voices of the zurna and davul are generally preferred. Indoors, and elsewhere in Anatolia, the halay is accompanied by the gentler sounds of the wind instruments mey, kaval and more recently the clarinet as well as the stringed instrument, the baglama.  

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In South Eastern Anatolia, the city was founded in 7th century. There are ruins of an Arab castle restored by Seljijuks; 14th century mosque, Ulu Cami And Bazaar are the main attractions. National Park on Mount Nemrut, Highest point of Northern Mesopotamia, is known for the gigantic stone status of God's with heads lying on the ground. 2000 years old history of Commegene civilization on display. The dance performed by a group of male and female dancers reflecting, daily life of the people in a colorful way. The Dance symbolizes, as one of the best examples, the solidarity between man and woman, Besides her housework, the woman also helps her husband.Accompanying instruments drum and zurna. 

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is a city in central eastern Turkey. Its dances belong to the regional category of dance style called "Halay". A typical dance is "Cayda Cira" a favorite dance for Henna-Painting celebrations and weddings. It is danced in the dark with the dancers carrying candles on plates, representing the reflection of the candles in the water as the "Gelin Alayi"(the procession that makes the trip receive the bride from her father's home) moves along the stream. There are dances from Elazig that men and woman perform separately, but most are done by men and women together. The davul and the clarinet are the traditional instruments that accompany the dances of this region.  

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