23rd of April and Alanya International Children’s Festival

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Alanya is the festival’s of town and starting a new festival at 23rd of April. It is Alanya international children’s festival.

The festival organised by Alanya municipality and there will be children from 7 different countries.

Alanya Municipality Mayor Adem Murat Yücel, Alanya national education department manager Hüseyin Er and Alanya municipality theather manager Hüseyin Çinal have done a commen press confrence regarding the first Alanya international children’s festival.

Mayor Yücel says; 23rd of April is unique children festival in the world which presented to world’s children by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. In oder to celebrate perfectly, we are going to organise the first Alanya international children festival. There will be book exhibitions, meetings, theather, show and different events at the festival. I belive that It will be educative and funny fest. We are planning to make it bigger in everyyear. I wish the all teh young guys a happy 23rd April day and I would like to see all Alanya children and their parents at the festival.

Alanya municpality theather department manager Hüseyin Çinal says that the festival starts at 23rd April and It will continue during a week at Alanya Culture place.

Alanya national education department manager Hüseyin Er says that we are going to celebrate the 23rd April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in Alanya enthusiastically. We are going to organise a wonderfull festival with all the world’s children participation. I would like to give my personal thanks to Mayor  Mr. Yücel and Governor Mr. Harputlu cause of wonderful organisation.

Briefly 23rd of April in Turkey

What does mean 23rd of April In Turkey?

Solemn ceremonies and children’s festivals take place throughout Turkey on National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, held on April 23 each year. Children take seats in the Turkish Parliament and symbolically govern the country for one day.

What Do People Do?

Many people in Turkey commemorate the first gathering of the Grand National Assembly (the Turkish Parliament), which took place on April 23, 1920, by attending local ceremonies or laying wreaths at monuments of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. The biggest ceremony takes place at the Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara.

Because Ataturk dedicated the Turkish Republic to children, Turkish school children take seats in the Parliament for the day and symbolically govern the country. They elect a president who then addresses the country on national television. Children’s festivals take place throughout the country. The state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) brings children, aged eight 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, which culminate is a gala-performance on April 23.

Public Life

National Sovereignty and Children’s Day is an official holiday in Turkey. Government offices, schools and most businesses are closed on this day. Public transport routes may vary in the event of street performances.

Background

The first gathering of the Turkish Grand National Assembly took place on April 23, 1920, during Turkey’s War of Independence (1919-1923). Mustafa Kemal Ataturk proclaimed the parliament an important step toward building a new state after the Ottoman Empire was defeated during World War I. Ataturk dedicated the Turkish Republic to children in Turkey.

Turkey officially celebrated Grand National Assembly Day on April 23 and held a children’s week starting on that day, from 1923–1934. The Turkish government then combined the two events into National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in 1935. Turkish Radio and Television Corporation has been organizing international children’s festivals, held during the week of April 23, since 1979.

If you see the flags at balconies and at shops It is the national day in Turkey.

Source:https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/turkey/national-sovereignty-children-day

Here by the Video which was done by Alanya municipality with the kids who lives in Alany from different countries origanated.

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