Sunday, April 23, 2006

April 23 celebrated throughout the country

On April 23, 1920 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the leaders of the Turkish national independence movement met at an old party headquarters -- because there was no other building suitable to house so many people in Ankara at that time -- to convene Turkey's first national assembly that would lead the movement for the next two years and declare the republic after the victory in the War of Independence.

The first Parliament building now serves as the War of Independence Museum.

The people's representatives that day were thinking of ways to save the country but ushered in a new era where people's will would become paramount.

April 23, National Sovereignty and Children's Day, which founder of the Turkish Republic Atatürk dedicated to children, will be celebrated on Sunday throughout Turkey, in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) and in representative offices abroad.

The importance of April 23 as a special children's day has recently caught the attention of the international community, and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has decided to recognize April 23 as International Children's Day.

Read the whole story on Turkish Daily News

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