Halay is traditionally played during wedding on the zurna, supported by a davul, but in the recent years, electronic instruments have started to replace them. Typically, Halay dancers form a circle or a line, while holding each other with the little finger or shoulder to shoulder or even hand to hand with the last and first player holding a piece of cloth. It is a national dance in Turkey and Azerbaijan. In Azerbaijani, yal means "row, line of chain"; the dancers stand in one line or two rows and sometimes in several rows.
The Ohuokhai is a simultaneous round dance and song. Dancers form a circle and dance, arm in arm, hand in hand, with the left foor put forward, while making rhythmical, graceful movements with their bodies, legs, feet and arms. A lead singer improvises the lyrics and the other dancers repeat them. This Ohuokhai leader has a special talent not only for singing but also, what is more important, for poetic improvisation. There song leaders compete at the national Yhyakh festival for the best poetic expression, best song and biggest circle.
"Halay" was the Turkish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1984, performed in Turkish by Beş Yıl Önce, On Yıl Sonra.
The song was performed fifteenth on the night (following Germany's Mary Roos with " Aufrecht geh'n" and preceding Finland's Kirka with " Hengaillaan"). At the close of voting, it had received 37 points, placing 12th in a field of 19.
The song is about Halay (typical dance in Turkey and Middle East), the band sings that they dance and sing with much love and don't look upon foreigners as strangers.
It was succeeded as Turkish representative in the 1985 Contest by MFÖ singing " Aşık oldum (Didai didai dai)". However, this song was not quite as well received.