“Sovereignty unconditionally belongs to the nation”, which is the founding motto of our assembly. Happy 102nd anniversary of the opening of our Turkish Grand National Assembly and April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day.
Today’s Doodle celebrates National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, a holiday that honors children in Turkey and from all over the world, and uplifts the next generation of leaders.
In 1920, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey met for the first time and built the framework for the Republic of Turkey. In addition to celebrating Turkish independence, on April 23, 1929, upon Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s proposal, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey decreed April 23 as a national holiday dedicated to children. With this, Turkey became the first country in the world to celebrate an official Children’s Day, as a gift to the children in Turkey and around the world.
Every year on April 23, children from dozens of countries are invited to Turkey to celebrate their cultural differences in stadium-sized ceremonies. Kids are invited to share poems, songs, folk dances and scientific collaborations with one another. Turkish flags and red balloons, like the one featured in today’s Doodle, are common decorations found on this national holiday.
Children are also invited to take seats in parliament or other government offices to symbolically lead the country for a day, further emphasizing the importance of the next generation of peaceful leaders.
Happy National Sovereignty and Children’s Day!