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INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey—A wish is tied to a rose bush with a red ribbon as part of the Turkish spring festival of Hidirellez, which is held on May 6, each year. According to Turkish culture, wishes are significant during this celebration because Hidir, also known as Hizir, is an immortal person believed to come in time of need. The importance of May 6, is it is believed Hizir and Prophet Elijah met on that day. (U.S. Air Force photo by SSgt Veronica Pierce/Released)


Ask Mehmet: Hidirellez, Spring Festival of Turkic World

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey—A wish is tied to a rose bush with a red ribbon as part of the Turkish spring festival of Hidirellez, which is held on May 6, each year. According to Turkish culture, wishes are significant during this celebration because Hidir, also known as Hizir, is an immortal person believed to come in time of need. The importance of May 6, is it is believed Hizir and Prophet Elijah met on that day. (U.S. Air Force photo by SSgt Veronica Pierce/Released)

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