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Mesir Macunu Festivities


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The Mesir Macunu festival of Manisa, Turkey, commemorates the recovery of Hafsa Sultan, mother of Suleiman the Magnificent, who was cured of a disease by the invention of a paste known as mesir macunu. The Sultan then ordered that the paste be disseminated to the public. So, every year from 21 to 24 March, the paste is prepared by a chef and apprentices from 41 fresh spices and herbs according to traditional practice. A team of 14 women wrap the paste in small pieces of paper, and 28 imams and apprentices bless it before scattering the paste from the top of the minaret and the domes of the Sultan Mosque. Thousands of people come from different regions of Turkey to compete to catch the pieces as they fall. Many believe that by so doing their wishes for marriage, work and children will come true within a year.


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Place/region: Manisa, Turkey, Asia and the Pacific
Series: 2012 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
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Publisher: Turkey. Ministry of Culture and Tourism
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Rights: Turkey. Ministry of Culture and Tourism
 

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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMAS reference: AVFONDS-CLTITH-2012-0064200004
Rights holder: UNESCO ; Turkey. Ministry of Culture and Tourism