Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Today is Cumhuriyet Bayramı (Republic Day)

Ninety years ago today on 29th October 1923 the Grand National Assembly of Turkey formally declared the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk became the first president of the Republic of Turkey. Atatürk considered this to be Turkey’s most important holiday.

All Government offices, post offices and some businesses will be closed today. There may be changes to schedules and routes of public transport. Many people will attend performances dedicated to Republic Day, and many school children will perform poetry readings and national dances for parents and teachers. Parades may take place in some cities and speeches are made. Atatürk is remembered on this day and many people will lay wreaths on his monuments or display flags depicting him. During the evening many towns and cities will have processions with flags and music to commemorate Republic Day and will often end with a firework display.

Enjoy your day!

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