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Turkey celebrates the Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day every year on May 19. This day is also an official holiday in Turkey. Sports events and state ceremonies are held in the cities throughout the country.
Commemoration of Ataturk Youth and Sports Day is annually celebrated as a national festival in Turkey on May 19.
Every year on May 19, Turkey celebrates the historic arrival of Ataturk at Samsun, marking the beginning of the 1919 War of Independence. State ceremonies and sports events are held in Ankara, Izmir, Samsun, Istanbul and other major cities throughout the country. Young people carry the Turkish flag from Samsun port to Ankara, play sports, march in parades and sing and dance.
Following the War of Independence, 19 May wasn't celebrated as an event until 1936, when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk himself suggested that 19 May should be remembered with a holiday focusing on the youth and therefore it became a holiday in 1938 when the Festival of Youth and Sports was passed into law.
The symbols of the Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day;
Youth and Sports Day, Samsun
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