Turkish Romani people have marked a historical festival in Turkey's old capital city of Edirne, where traditions have long been preserved.

The event celebrates the start of spring and summer in parts of the Middle East and mostly among Turkish-speaking communities. For the same two days every year in May, Turkish Romani people meet up close to the Greek border. According to the tradition, the festival starts in the afternoon with the lighting of bonfires. It then ends in the early hours of the next day down by the river. Experts say this seasonal tradition also existed in Mesopotamia and ancient Mediterranean cultures.

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