Turkey National Sovereignty and Children's Day

Turkey National Sovereignty and Children's Day

April 23
This festival was started in 1920 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, who recognized how important children were to his country's future and dedicated this day to them. On this national public holiday, Atatürk is honored with special services in Ankara, Turkey's capital city, at the monument built for him. Afterwards a children's program takes place in which children from around the world wear festive traditional costumes and dance and sing. In Istanbul, a similar celebration is held in the national soccer stadium.
Environmental scouts, similar to Boy Scouts in the United States, often observe this day by planting trees.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
2525 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-612-6700; fax: 202-612-6744
www.turkishembassy.org
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 66
FestWrld: Turkey-1999, p. 20