Children's Day Today
Today is 23 april..

In Turkey, Children's Day has been celebrated on April 23 since 1935. It originated from the first gathering of Grand National Assembly on April 23, 1920, during the Turkish Independence War.

After the Ottomans were defeated during World War I, Turkish land had been occupied by other European countries such as England, Italy and France. Ataturk, an Ottoman commander, broke his ties with the dying Empire and started the war for independence against Allied forces and the old Ottoman regime. After years of fighting Turkey won full independence.

Turks consider Ataturk to be "The Father of Modern Turkey". After the war, Ataturk refused the role of Sultan or King and established a modern Republic instead. He gifted April 23 to the children for the country, so that they would cherish the independence that cost so much, but at the same time walk the path of "Peace at Home, Peace in the World"

On April 23 children from around the world come to Turkey. They are hosted by families who have children of a similar age. Festivities last over a week and the visiting and Turkish children spend a lot of time together. Many children, often not even speaking the same language, create lifelong friendships. Several of the events are broadcast on television, showing the children in their traditional national outfits, dancing singing and exchanging gifts. The United Nations participates the events.

Every year on April 23, the seats of Parliament are held by children, and a child becomes President for a day. The child President delivers a speech on national television.
 
Children's Day Today
Re: Today is 23 april..

Hi,

It's a really nice day-great for children to feel valued and an important part of their country. When we lived in Northern Cyprus used to have lots of groups children from around the world singing and folk dancing in their national costumes.

Sadly, in the UK a recent poll has suggested that so many British children have a poor quality of life in relation to the rest of Europe. British Children may have lots of material goods but they miss out in so many other ways.

Maybe the UK should have a childrens today too.

I hope the children of Turkey enjoy their day.

Ann
 
Children's Day Today
Re: Today is 23 april..

I have just watched the Childrens Day parade in Datca from my balcony - young people in smart band uniforms, others in national costume and the children with special needs from our new SN centre. I was very touched, as always, by their pride in both their country and their participation in the ceremony.
 

maggie

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Children's Day Today
I have just watched the childrens day celibrations in Akbuk it was lovelley especially as my English friends children who attend the local school took part.I would post some pics but after the taking pics thread we had recently I dont want to offend anyone.

Hugs Maggie xxx
 

kaplumba

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Children's Day Today
I attended the Children's Day celebrations in the amphitheatre in Datca. It was lovely to watch especially the dancing and the beautiful costumes. I took a lot of video footage which I will be showing in British schools to increase their knowledge of children from other cultures. I have also bought some traditional costumes for them to try on and the music to listen to.
 

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