National Festivals in Turkey

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Turkish National Festivals

Turkish people enthusiastically celebrates 4 important national festivals evey year. These are August 30 Victory Day, October 29 Republic Day, April 23 National Sovereignty and Children's Day, May 19 Commemoration of Ataturk Youth and Sports Day.

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It is always a good idea to check out the national festivals of Turkey before planning a trip or a sightseeing excursion. Are you ready for enjoying national holidays that unique to Turkey and important days of the year?

Below are 5 of the different national celebrations for you to join in Turkey;

  • April 23, National Sovereignty and Children's Day
  • May 19, Commemoration of Ataturk Youth and Sports Day
  • May 1, Labor and Solidarity Day
  • August 30, Victory Day of Turkey
  • October 29, Republic Day of Turkey

National Sovereignty and Children's Day

National Sovereignty and Children's Day is one of the most unique festivals in the world just dedicated to children. This day is annually celebrated as national festival on April 23. In 1979, UNICEF recognised this important national day as an international event and world children's day.

Commemoration of Ataturk Youth and Sports Day

Commemoration of Ataturk Youth and Sports Day is annually celebrated as national festival in Turkey on May 19. Young people carry the Turkish flag from Samsun to Ankara, sing and dance. Also, sports events and state ceremonies are held in the cities throughout the country.

Victory Day

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

Republic Day

Republic Day, which is one of the most important public holidays and specials days in Turkey, is celebrated on October 29 each year. Turkish people celebrate Republic Day by participating in traditional processions with flags and musical bands.

Turkish National Festivals
Victory Day Celebrations, Izmir