Mevlana Jelal al-Din Rumi, who is known as "Mevlana" in Turkey and as "Rumi" in the western world, can be called a mystic poet, a thinker, a theosophist or a Sufi; but if you could ask him, "What are you?" He could say, "I am nothing but a simple lover of God". A true lover of God has no definite nationality, language or race for he loves everything without discrimination.
Rumi's death in mid-December 1273, called Seb-i Aruz (Night of Union), is considered his "wedding night," the night he departed this earthly life and was finally united in love with the Divine. Ever since, in Şeb-i Aruz Mevlevi Dervishes perform Sema. In 2007, the world celebrated the 800th anniversary of Rumi's birth and the 734th anniversary of his death.
The hauntingly beautiful Sema, symbolizes the attainment of the various levels of mystical union with God and of absolute perfection through spiritual fervor and controlled ecstasy. According to Mevlana, with the Sema, dervishes can reach out and touch the "ultimate".