Turkey will commemorate National Sovereignty Day and Children’s Day on April 23, the 95th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish parliament, with several ceremonies across the country.
The day is celebrated as a children’s festival because children were awarded a special place in the April 23 festivities by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey.
“Our aim is to realize the children’s dream of a world with peace and brotherhood,” Turkish President Erdogan said on April 22, adding the “smiling faces, bright eyes and hopes and dreams of children” keep Turkey strong.
Official ceremonies will be held at parliament, the former parliament building and Anıtkabir, Ataturk’s mausoleum in Ankara.
Many people across the country are expected to mark April 23, with some schools organizing celebrations.
People are expected to flock to Cumhuriyet Square in the western province of Izmir. Even in hospitals, children will celebrate Children’s Day.
On April 22, the U.S. base in ıncirlik and Turkish military bases jointly celebrated National Sovereignty Day and Children’s Day.