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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Oil Wresting Festival 

For almost 650 years, the folk at Edirne, Turkey, have held an annual Oil Wrestling Festival. It is the real deal, with pretty tough wrestlers competing to be the last man standing, at the oldest wrestling festival in the world. Apparantly, there is a Babylonian bronze statue that indicates the sport of oil wrestling is more than 4500 years old.

Known as the Kirkpinar Festival, The week long event takes place around the end of June, beginning of July. A traditional fair accompanies the Kirkpinar Oil Wresting Festival, attracting travellers and gypsies from all over the Middle East and Europe.

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