29 October Republic Day

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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.

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 Atatürk proclaimed Republic Day as Turkey’s most important holiday.

 

There are some symbols of this important day like:

  • Pictures of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • Turkish flags
  • Government ceremony around Izmir Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower)
  • Art events and fireworks
  • Concerts and a torchlight procession around Izmir Gündoğdu Meydanı (The center of Izmir)

 

The transition from an empire to a republic was a radical change for the people of Turkey in the 1920’s, and Republic Day, declared by Ataturk to be “Turkey’s most important holiday,” is a perfect time for tourists to learn of the roots of the modern Turkish state.

People from Izmir say that only tourists take pictures near the Clock Tower😂😂

Which, as I saw until now, it’s true!

 

Poor palm trees, they used to be so magnificent during the summer

 

Can you say that winter is coming?!

Here is Pasaport, Izmir/Turkey

 

Tanning in almost November – Izmir dogs are lucky

29 October was an off day for stray animals as well; they celebrated together with the locals

 

Later in the evening of the 29th, there are many parades. There is music, flag-waving and fanfare and after the parade you will likely be able to attend a fireworks display, like that ==>

 Source: İzmir Büyükşehir Belediyesi Facebook Page

 Source: İzmir Büyükşehir Belediyesi Facebook Page

And I decided to end my post with a picture which represents the true Turkish spirit – Turks are united and they are proudly carrying their flag in a parade happening in the center of Izmir. Thank you, Turkey and thank you, Izmir for these beautiful images and lessons!

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