Google Doodle celebrates National Sovereignty and Children’s Day 2020 in Turkey on April 23, 2020. Solemn ceremonies and children’s celebrations happen all through Turkey on National Sovereignty and Children’s Day (Turkish: Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı), held on April 23 each year. It is a public holiday in Turkey remembering the establishment of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, on 23 April 1920. It is likewise seen by Northern Cyprus.
National Sovereignty and Children’s Day History
On April 23rd, 1920, during the War of Independence, the Grand National Assembly, the country’s unicameral parliament, met in Ankara to start to establish the foundations of the new Turkish republic after the finish of the Ottoman Empire.
To mark the event, April 23rd was declared a national holiday in 1921, making this the first public holiday in the new republic.
Since 1927 it has likewise become Children’s Day, when the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, committed April 23rd to the children of Turkey to perceive that children are the future of the country.
In 1979, UNICEF perceived this significant national day as a global event. In the years since 1979, Turkey has hosted a great many children from 150 different nations on Children’s Day.
How to celebrate National Sovereignty and Children’s Day 2020
Albeit regular festivals for the April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day 2020 have been canceled considering the ongoing coronavirus, Turkey is resolved to mark its century-old custom by adjusting the festivities to the new pandemic measures.
2020 marks the 100th year of the opening of the Turkish Grand National Assembly on April 23, 1920, a date that was along these lines consolidated into Children’s Day, a special event where the children of the country and from around the globe meet up for a series of fun events.
Because of the outbreak, traditional festivals on National Sovereignty and Children’s Day 2020 will this year be supplanted with those directed from home under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan will discuss the Turkish National Anthem from his home joined by residents who will sing along from their balconies. The anthem will be played at 9 p.m., the hour that medical staff has been praised every night for their frontline role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The president, who is right now staying in Istanbul, won’t go to festivities at Parliament in Ankara because of travel limitations set up. His presentation of the anthem will likewise be broadcasted on TV.
In the interim, ceremonies are set to be held at Parliament, as well as the mausoleum of Turkey’s organizer Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the previous parliamentary building, which will all be led with a minimum number of members wearing masks, per against pandemic measures. Thus, Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop will likewise not have the option to acknowledge greetings at the current year’s ceremony.
The first ceremony will be at the Grand National Assembly (TBMM), which is on a break until May 15 in light of the coronavirus, followed by a visit to Anıtkabir by the state authorities. The ceremonies will close at the old parliament building, following the traditional progression of the commemorations.
Since this will be an uncommon parliamentary session, the parties with representation in Parliament will each have 10 minutes to talk over the significance of the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day without permission to talk on different topics. The traditional evening reception of the get together won’t be held.
National Sovereignty and Children’s Day: Custom and Tradition
Traditionally, children’s events and celebrations have propelled the nation over on National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, while numerous organizations offer special discounts on toys and different products for children to recognize the event, which has changed into a weeklong event throughout the years.
Every grade school the nation over organizes celebrations with students performing plays and dances, while guardians are given a half-day off. Children’s is additionally an event for children to briefly take over seats regularly involved by grown-ups.
The date initially calendared as National Sovereignty Day has additionally been praised as Children’s Day since 1935 – albeit as indicated by history specialists, its foundations return further. It was first observed unofficially in 1925 as a children’s day reported by a children’s charity embraced by Atatürk, who accordingly pronounced it official.
Atatürk, who had no biological children, was a foster dad to various children and is known for his great relations with them. Atatürk apportioned a farm in Ankara, as well as various public buildings, for the first large-scale festivities of the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in 1927.
“I dedicated this day to showing respect to children – respecting them as equals and respecting the future of the nation,” Atatürk was cited as saying at that point.