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23 April National Sovereignty and Children's Day
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1.       janissary
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 23 Apr 2008 Wed 12:26 pm

The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dedicated April 23 to the children of the country to emphasize that they are the future of the new nation. It was on April 23, 1920, during the War of Independence, that the Grand National Assembly met in Ankara and laid down the foundations of a new, independent, secular, and modern republic from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire.

Every year, the children in Turkey celebrate this 'Sovereignty and Children's Day' as a national holiday. Schools participate in week-long ceremonies marked by performances in all fields in large stadiums watched by the entire nation. Among the activities on this day, the children send their representatives to replace state officials and high ranking bureaucrats in their offices. The President, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Ministers, provincial governors all turn over their positions to children's representatives. These children, in turn, sign executive orders relating to educational and environmental policies. On this day, the children also replace the parliamentarians in the Grand National Assembly and hold a special session to discuss matters concerning children's issues.

Over the last two decades, the Turkish officials have been working hard to internationalize this important day. Their efforts resulted in large number of world states' sending groups of children to Turkey to participate in the above stated festivities. During their stay in Turkey, the foreign children are housed in Turkish homes and find an important opportunity to interact with the Turkish kids and learn about each other's countries and cultures. The foreign children groups also participate in the special session of the Grand National Assembly. This results in a truly international Assembly where children pledge their commitment to international peace and brotherhood.


The importance of April 23 as a special day of children has been recognized by the international community. UNICEF decided to recognize this important day as the International Children's Day.

'PEACE AT HOME, PEACE IN THE WORLD' M. Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic.

2.       azade
1606 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 01:51 pm

Today is not a day for the children, it is a day for children to praise Atatürk, as usual his picture is plastered everywhere. I wonder if this is what he intended when he declared this holiday..? Is it not more important to focus on children's rights etc. on this day, indeed in this country where playing on dirty trafficated streets is a normal thing for children?

3.       Roswitha
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 23 Apr 2008 Wed 02:50 pm

4.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 03:01 pm

Awww.

It is a great day for office workers! We all get a much deserved day off!

5.       sonunda
5004 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 03:23 pm

It's St George's day in England-but no day off!

6.       libralady
5152 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 03:27 pm

Quoting sonunda:

It's St George's day in England-but no day off!



They are talking about it, that is about it!

7.       janissary
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 23 Apr 2008 Wed 04:03 pm

Quoting azade:

Today is not a day for the children, it is a day for children to praise Atatürk, as usual his picture is plastered everywhere. I wonder if this is what he intended when he declared this holiday..? Is it not more important to focus on children's rights etc. on this day, indeed in this country where playing on dirty trafficated streets is a normal thing for children?




I was %100 sure before I posted this that some of members on this site will criticize this as usual and others will support you. You are against everything about turkey, not only Ataturk. you and some of your friends keeps accusing Ataturk all the time. why are u always looking for something else behind nice things??? There are Ataturk pictures everywhere coz turkish ppl loves him and sees him as a national leader. Everybody knows that Ataturk loved children and he often said: "Children are a new beginning of tomorrow". that s why he dedicated this important day "new beginning og Turkish Republic" to Children. Ataturk did everything for this country he didnt want anything for himself.


And I wonder too, why admin supports those members who keep attacking all national things about Turkey. It s not freedom of speech. it s just an insult. what a shame!

8.       thehandsom
7403 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 04:11 pm

Quoting azade:

Today is not a day for the children, it is a day for children to praise Atatürk, as usual his picture is plastered everywhere. I wonder if this is what he intended when he declared this holiday..? Is it not more important to focus on children's rights etc. on this day, indeed in this country where playing on dirty trafficated streets is a normal thing for children?


I can NOT see any insult in this post to anybody.
It is just a subjective observation.
And what is wrong with that?
And what is wrong with saying "more important to focus on children's rights" ?

9.       janissary
0 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 04:22 pm

Quoting azade:

Atatürk, as usual his picture is plastered everywhere. I wonder if this is what he intended when he declared this holiday..?

10.       magnadea
0 posts
 23 Apr 2008 Wed 04:45 pm

Quoting janissary:

I was %100 sure before I posted this that some of members on this site will criticize this as usual and others will support you. You are against everything about turkey, not only Ataturk. you and some of your friends keeps accusing Ataturk all the time. why are u always looking for something else behind nice things??? There are Ataturk pictures everywhere coz turkish ppl loves him and sees him as a national leader. Everybody knows that Ataturk loved children and he often said: "Children are a new beginning of tomorrow". that s why he dedicated this important day "new beginning og Turkish Republic" to Children. Ataturk did everything for this country he didnt want anything for himself.


And I wonder too, why admin supports those members who keep attacking all national things about Turkey. It s not freedom of speech. it s just an insult. what a shame!



I do hope you are not becoming paranoid. I have searched and searched this short thread and can see no other posts supporting Azade's comments. I do not believe Admin is trying to support any particular opinion...merely trying to keep the forum open to ALL opinions instead of unnecessarily over-moderating and treating us like...(I will hold my tongue and say "children".)

Ataturk loved children? Have you ever met anyone who didn't!? lol

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