June Activity: Kirkpinar


Have you heard of the manliest sport on Earth? Kirkpinar is regarded by many as the manliest sport and the oldest wrestling event in the world. Can you imagine over 1, 500 Turks gather every year for a seven day event to decide the best oil wrestler in the land? Sounds exciting, eh?
If you want to know more about this one-of-a-kind festival, make sure not to miss your class on June 20~26. Who knows, you might even get a chance to arm-wrestle with your respective GVs.
地上最も男らしい競技についてきいたことがありますか? カークピナールは世界でももっとも古く男らしい競技として知られています。毎年、国内でもっとも優れた力士を決めるべく、1週間のあいだに1500人以上のトルコ人が集結するのを想像できますか? すごいでしょ? この一種のお祭りについてもっと知りたければ、6月20~26日のレッスンを逃さないでくださいね。皆さんも、担当ガヴァネスと腕相撲ができるかも知れませんよ。

Kırkpınar is a Turkish oil-wrestling (Turkish: yağlı güreş) tournament. It is held annually, usually in late June, near Edirne, Turkey since 1362, and considered the oldest continuously running, sanctioned sporting competition in the world. In recent years this style of wrestling has also become popular in other countries. This year the 650th Traditional Kirkpinar Festival week is between June 27 and July 3, 2011.

Wrestling (Turkish: güreş) is considered as an "ancestral” or national sport in Turkey, represented foremost by the annual Kırkpınar tournament. Before each bout, the wrestlers pour olive oil over their entire bodies, and the matches take place in an open, grassy field, with the contestants naked except for trousers made of leather, which extend to just above the knee. Victory is achieved when one wrestler either pins the other to the ground (as in many other forms of wrestling) or lifts his opponent above his shoulders.