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 and there are many celebrations throughout the country.  There are also official celebrations in the capital city of Ankara including a ceremony at the Anitkabir, Ataturks Mausoleum.  You will also see the Turkish flag everywhere and flags and banners depicting Ataturk.

Crowds gather at the seafront here in Kusadasi 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:  Ege Eye

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