Historical Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling

Historical “Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling” is the oldest wrestling festival in the world which has been continuing since the first contests in 1357 in Rumelia.

Kirkpinar Oil Wresting“, which has been bounded with a tradition of almost 650 years, hosts persevering contests for a week, with the active participation of media, folk-dance groups, millions of spectators, artists and statesmen both from Turkey and all over the world, and with a varying array of activities every year.

The enthusiasm, which is brought to life by headwrestling and other forms of wrestling contests, as well as the performances of the “Janissary Band” and local and foreign folk-dance groups throughout the contests, turns “Kirkpinar Oil Wresting” into a traditional festival.