Why is April 23 Children’s Day Celebrated?
April 23 National Sovereignty is one of the feasts which is Children’s Day in Republic of Turkey and Republic of Turkey Northern Cyprus. Republic of Turkey’s founder and first president who is Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK announced this day as a gift to the children of the world. This feast was started to celebrate in the first year of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. This feast is intended to delight the poor children as a spring festival who were orphaned during the war.
Following time UNESCO announced that 1979 was as the ‘Year of the children’. After that, Turkish Radio Television Organization launched International April 23 Children’s Festival and took this feast to the international level.
Today, children from many countries go to Turkey to participate in this feast, prepare various demonstrations, ceremonies and various events are held in schools. At the same time, Turkish people welcome these children from other countries. In addition, the tradition of accepting children into office, which was begun with Atatürk in 1933, continues today.
Children are being replaced by civil servants at the head of state institutions for a short time.
April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day is celebrated every year in various institutions and organizations in Turkey and around the world. But unfortunately, because of Covid-19 which affects the world. Schools are closed and everyone is at home. For this reason, Children’s Day which is celebrated enthusiastically every year, is celebrated at homes in this year.
Children adorn an area with flags and pictures where they choose at their homes . They read poems and sing songs about April 23 Children’s day and ATATÜRK. They investigate the traditional clothes of different countries and design the traditional costume of a country which is chosen
Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK entrusted the Republic to our children, who are our future. It’s all very precious. April 23, National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, happy for especially our children and everyone!