Coolture Activities

Sat, 17 May 2008 10:30 in Community Engagement

Hull Anatolian Society and Education Dialogue Charity to take part cultural activities organized by YOF and Children Fund in The Albemarle Music Centre Hull.There were about ten different groups from different cultures and nations they all performed their own cultural dance and music. The nations that joined were Turkish, Polish, Zambian, English, and Bosnian.

We performed a traditional Turkish dance called Cayda Cira. Something about this danceThe CaydaCira dance is easy to recognize for its distinction that it is performed with the dancers holding small plates with lit candles. Part of the CaydaCira dances also depict a groom being prepared for his impending wedding, as well as the henna night held for the bride before the wedding.

There are two theories to the origin of the Cayda Cira dances. The first theory tells the story of a boy and a girl from tribes along the Elazig streams fall in love and communicate with each other by lighting candles. The boy would swim across the stream towards the candle lit by the girl. One night, they both light their candles as usual, however the strong currents drag the boy away. Desperate and heartbroken, the girl throws herself to the stream when she can’t find her love. Rumor has it that the Cayda Cira songs and music were written after this tragic event. The second theory also involves a boy, a girl, and a wedding. In the 18th century, the “aga” (leader) of one village along the streams in Elazig has bethrothed his daughter to the son of another aga. A big wedding is planned, and celebrations occur for 40 days and 40 nights. At the end of the wedding, during the henna night, the full moon is unexpectedly eclipsed and it becomes pitch black. Believing that this is bad luck for the newlywed couple, the mother of the groom stacks all available candles on plates, lights them, and starts dancing holding the lit candles, encouraging others to dance with her. The sight is so joyous that the musicians sitting on the other side of the stream also join in the celebrations and this is how the Cayda Cira music and dances are born.