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29 October Republic Day

Republic Day is one of the most important official public holidays and national festivals in Turkey, commemorating the proclamation of the republic on October 29, 1923.

Republic Day of Turkey

Republic Day of Turkey is anniversary of the declaration of the Turkish Republic, Turkey's public holiday marking the proclamation of the republic on October 29, 1923.

Many people in Turkey celebrate Republic Day on October 29 by attending performances and participating in traditional processions with flags and musical bands. The Turkish Republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk proclaimed Republic Day as Turkey's most important holiday.

Background of the Feast

After Turkey's victory in the War of Independence, the Turkish parliament proclaimed the new Turkish state as a republic. A new constitution, which the parliament adopted on October 29, 1923, replaced the constitution of the Ottoman Empire.

The leader in the Turkish War of Independence, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, became Turkey's first president on the same day.

The symbols of the 29 October Republic Day in Turkey;

  • Turkish flags
  • Pictures of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
  • Government ceremony in Ankara's Cankaya Palace
  • Art events and fireworks in Istanbul
  • Concerts and a torchlight procession in Izmir

29 October Republic Day in Turkey

Republic Day Commemoration, Istanbul