This month in Turkey sees the annual celebrations that mark Republic Day. Commemorating the beginning of the Republic of Turkey, the 28th October is considered one of the most historically significant celebrations of the Turkish year and is, therefore, a national holiday. On the afternoon of the 28th October the 35-hour-long celebrations commence.
On the 29th October 1923 the Grand National Assembly proclaimed the Republic of Turkey and named Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as the first President of Turkey. Ataturk had led the War of Independence which started on the 19th May 1919 and ended 3 years later driving out the occupying allied forces of World War 1.
The name Ataturk, which was given to him by the parliament, means “Father of the Turks” and Turkey celebrates Republic Day every year. It is an official holiday and schools celebrate with presentations, sing songs, displays and readings.
All official government offices and schools are closed on Republic Day; however, as the occasion falls on a Sunday this year it has not been clarified if there will be an extended holiday on the Friday or Monday. There are also official celebrations in the capital city of Ankara including a ceremony at the Anitkabir, Ataturks Mausoleum. You will see the Turkish flag everywhere and flags and banners depicting Ataturk on this day as the Turkish people show a strong sense of patriotism around these festivities.
Saturday 28 October 2017
13:00 – Wreath Ceremony – Atatürk Square
Sunday 29 October 2017
10:30 – Eid Ceremony – Atatürk Square
12:00 – Parade – Atatürk Square
18:30 – The Republican Cortege – Kismet Hotel Junction
20:00 – Concert at the Republic – Ismail CEM peace and friendship Square Aegean Silk Road Orchestra
Crowds gather at the seafront here in Kusadasi in the evening and if you want to join in the fun; grab a flag and soak up the atmosphere whilst you watch the bands and displays as they pass by in the evening
Source: The Ege Eye