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Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival in Edirne

The sun strikes down deeply on the backbones of fifty men who takings high bounds, hopping and skipping crossways a turf of long grass, slapping their knees in the air. It is one of the famous festival. You must see this.

About this game:
This is one of the most special and popular games in Turkey. It is known as oil wrestling, and its name is Yagligures. The dressing of the wrestlers is tight short leather trousers which are called as “Kispet”. These trousers are made of buffalo leather approximately thirteen kilograms heavy. They have to cover themselves with olive oil. The matches of this game are taking place approximately all through the country, but the important tournament takes place by the end of the June and the opening of the July. The history of the oil wrestling tournaments, links back to the Persian era, a period starting from 1065. The Turkish oil wrestling is most popular in all around the world. People who wish to go to turkey will never come back before seeing this wonderful match of oil wrestling.
The winner of the oil wrestling is gained near about 100.000 US dollars, and received the title of Champion of Turkey. I golden belt, which is fourteen carats.

Why they apply the oil:
The first wrestling game was introduced in Egypt five thousand years ago. The oil extracted from a vegetable. Mostly called as olive oil. When human learned to mix a specific ingredient which name is Kafur with olive oil for full protection from the mosquitoes. It was used during cooking and for protection from mosquitoes.

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