What is an 'amen parade'? It seems to be a fascinating initiation ceremony for first schoolers with a hymn they say/sing in what seems to be Ottoman Turkish & is in many parts beyond my linguistic abilities. Who wrote 'Yâ İlahî başlayalım ism-i Bismillâh ile' which is chanted(?) by the children? I know that the beautiful 'Şol cennet'in ırmakları' was penned by Yunus Emre but I can't find an English translation of either, but the words of the latter which I can either translate from, or hear in, Turkish bear all the hallmarks of the Sufis, drunk, so to say, with the Divine Beauty. How does an Ottoman religious parade fit into the ethos of a secular Turkey? I ask this in a spirit of understanding & not of Western liberal protestation. I hope this isn't a cultural question but there is so much linguistic content I thought was more suited to a word forum. What is şol from? Is it the imperative of şolmak=dry up/ pine away or is it Ottoman for şu?