The Special Republic Day For Turkish People
Today is the most important and special day in our Turkish history. October 29 is the day when republic was declared in Turkey by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. This day also means the dissolution of Ottoman Empire, so 29 October 1923 was a turning point for all Turkish citizens. There would be no caliphate system or Islamic Law in Turkey after that day, it was the beginning of laicism and modernization.
Turkish citizens from all ages celebrate the anniversary of October 29 every year. It’s almost like a tradition to visit Atatürk’s mausoleum (Anıtkabir in Turkish) in Ankara as a sign of their loyalty and to offer their thanks to their lifelong leader. You see it above. People hang flags on their windows or balconies of their home or shops. Citizens gather in their towns and cities and go on the march with flags in their hands and walk around the city with a great enthusiasm.
We started celebrating the anniversary of Turkish republic with a flag on our balcony and we weren’t the only ones here. Our street was in red and white, and it looked amazing! Then we joined the parade and walked around the city with thousands of people.
Celebrating the anniversary of our republic was a great joy for all of us, even for kids there.