The celebration of Abas Aliut on the Tomorr Mountain occurs every year from the 20th to the 25th of August and is the event that unifies thousands of bektashi believers (a Muslim minority). According to the local statistics, only in the 2015, 250 thousands of pilgrims had reached the top of the Mountain.
The believers, who camp in this holy place for 5 consecutive days, offer to the God several gifts in sign of thankfulness; the most famous one is the sacrifice of lambs (“Kurbani”) brought by the pilgrims themselves.
The Tomorr Mountain is located in the Skrapar district and in these days a place of welcome for thousands of pilgrims from all over Albania and from abroad too. The pilgrimage known as Celebration of Abaz Aliut on the Tomorr Mountain, is accompanied by the famous sacrifice of lambs and by the unction of the pilgrims’ forehead with the blood of the lambs. Later, the ceremony continues on the Teke of Kulmakut, with the lightening of holy candles and other bektashi rituals.
According to the legend, Abaz Aliu was the standard bearer in the Qerbela battle; during the fight, he died for peace. Abaz Aliu chose the Tomorr Mountain (that in the ancient language means “good”) as an holy place. He wanted to bless this good place to give peace, love and goodness to men, to help them to face the hurdle of this world. The Teke of Abaz Alit is located on the South side of the Mountain, on the top called Kulmak, at 2400 meters from the sea level. The place, holy for the bektashi people, is the place where the annual pilgrimage occurs and in 2008 it has been proclaimed cultural monument.
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