Intangible Cultural Heritage: Ferfene (Ankara Sample)

Mete F., Candeger U., Koca T.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.114, pp.100-111, 2017 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 114
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Title of Journal : MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Page Numbers: pp.100-111


Basically the subject of the study ferfene is a traditional cultural elements based chat and entertainment which involved in the social practices, rituals and festivals' groups and also oral expression and oral traditions' groups. In most of the Anatolian villages and the main towns ferfene is a meal which prepared by bringing together the rations between neighbors. Ferfene is a tradition which is kept alive until hundreds of years in Ankara. Decades it has been a ceremonial welcome to the guests in the mansions, big houses and village rooms. In this study is to investigate the function and operation of the chat meeting discussed issues in Ankara. First, document review was conducted about the subject and then semi-structured interview forms were created. In the next stage alive today exactly representative of this tradition acquainted with two focus groups were created and performed interviews were registered and transferred to written text. Datas are grouped into main themes; time, place, participants, leaders, costs, location, activities, meal and rules. The organizer and the leader of ferfene is an oldest, intellectual, respectable and knowledgeable person in the town. For men the leader is called "head of the boy". Some of the youth are selected according to their ability to help leaders in ferfene. The food bring in a bundle will be delivered to the responsible cooker by quests and sat by aligning with age in ferfene. Only responsible cooker is knowed that what are the materials brought by guests. This is a magnificent and noble rule in ferfene for rich and poor people. In this study, it is examined with questioned ferfene's yesterday and today in Ankara and our hidden cultur is shared.