Today calendars show 23 April. Why is 23 April important for us? Today in 1920, during the War of Independence, the Grand National Assembly met in Ankara to begin to lay the foundations of the new Turkish Republic after the end of the Ottoman Empire. In the next year, 23 April was proclaimed a national holiday.
The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dedicated 23 April to the children of Turkey. So Atatürk recognizes that children are the future of the nation. So this special day named National Sovereignty and Children’s Day since 1927. It is also, UNICEF recognized this important national day as an international event in 1979.
How is National Sovereignty and Children’s Day celebrating in Turkey?
A unique way the day is celebrated is that children take over the government of Turkey for the day. Children replace the normal members of the Grand National Assembly.
And also TRT brings children, aged 8 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.