30 August Victory Day

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Turkish Victory Day

30 August Victory Day (Turkish Armed Forces Day), which is a national festival of Turkey, is celebrated on August 30 each year. Turkish people celebrate this day with honour and pride.

Victory Day

Victory Day is a national holiday in Turkey, celebrated on August 30th every year. It is also observed by Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

This meaningful day commemorates the victory in the Battle of Dumlupinar which was the decisive battle in the Turkish War of Independence in 1922. The day also honours the founder of the Turkish Republic and its first President, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Is Victory Day a Public Holiday? Victory Day is a national festival and public holiday in our country. It is a day off for the general population. Schools, banks, council offices, Turkish stock exchange and most businesses are closed.

Background

30 August Victory Day gives Turkish people to breath and live in fresh air that smells of independence and victory. The importance of this day can be well explained and understood by the people who have fought for it or the ones who have seen it all.

Turkish people will be always grateful for those who fought for the freedom and sovereignty of Turkey.

Symbols and Ceremonies

Military parades and ceremonies at monuments to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded the Turkish Republic, are some common ways to celebrate Victory Day in Turkey. Turkish flags and the images of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk often adorn shops, public offices and people's houses on this important day.

The symbols of the 30 August Victory Day in Turkey;

  • The Turkish flag and the images of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
  • Military parades and ceremonies.
  • Air forces demonstration flights.
  • Ceremony at Ataturk's Mausoleum.
Turkish Victory Day
Victory Day Commemoration, Izmir