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Solemn ceremonies and children’s festivals take place throughout Turkey on National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, held on April 23 each year. Children take seats in the Turkish Parliament and symbolically govern the country for one day.


Turkish people commemorate the first gathering of the Grand National Assembly (the Turkish Parliament), which took place on April 23, 1920, by attending local ceremonies or laying wreaths at monuments of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. The biggest ceremony takes place at the Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara.

Ataturk dedicated the Turkish Republic to children, Turkish schoolchildren take seats in the Parliament for the day and symbolically govern the country. They elect a president who then addresses the country on national television.

Children’s festivals take place throughout the country. The state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) brings children, aged eight to 14, from different countries around the world to Turkey. These children stay with Turkish families for a week and participate in children’s festivals, which culminate is a gala-performance on April 23.

Turkey officially celebrated Grand National Assembly Day on April 23 and held a children’s week starting on that day, from 1923–1934. The Turkish government then combined the two events into National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in 1935. Turkish Radio and Television Corporation has been organizing international children’s festivals, held during the week of April 23, since 1979.


National Sovereignty and Children’s Day is an official holiday in Turkey. Government offices, schools and most businesses are closed on this day.


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There was a good celebration in Cesme with the children performing in the town amphi theatre, but of course we are a CHP area.

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if you saw how turkey celebrated thıs day in the past conan , you would get surprized ,

unfortunately as the government trıes to abolısh these national days , there arent many people

around celebrating in a joyous way

Why would Turkish government try to abolish these national days?Posted Image

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cause akp has longstandıng problem with atatürk and his prıncıples . they are trying to turn turkey ınto the country whıch is ruled by sharia law .

theır last effort ıs to remove TC ( turkısh republic ) from everywhere

Last year there were kids from lots of different countries performing routines and parades in the stadium. Stadium shows have been banned now.

This year there was something in the covered market with bouncy castle and face painting, some floats from private schools and kindergartens.

It's connected to Ataturk because it was the day the national assembly was established.

I was also told it was The First Ever children's day - it's not, but Turks like to believe these bits of disinformation.

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A friend told me about the TC thing but do they really want to remove TC from all state buildings? What will they put in its place?

yes vic they really removed the tc logo from the state buıldıngs . you can see ıt clearly from the lınk ı have sent . they are unesay about the logo and they have no ıntentıon of puttıng in its place . they can never put anythıng ınstead of it . http://www.haberfedai.com/Bir-acilim-daha-Ziraaat-Bankasindan-TC-silindi.html

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