Republic Day marks the creation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.
After Turkey's victory in the War of Independence (1919-1923), the Turkish parliament proclaimed the new Turkish state as a republic. A new constitution, which the parliament adopted on October 29, 1923, replaced the constitution of the Ottoman Empire. The leader in the Turkish War of Independence, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, became the country's first president on the same day. According to Atatürk, Republic Day is Turkey's most important holiday.
In Turunç, and right across Turkey, people celebrate on October 29 by attending performances dedicated to Republic Day. Such performances usually consist of theater sketches, poetry readings and traditional Turkish dances. Many school children participate in parades and school performances for parents and teachers.
Thanks to Maria Fountain - a long-time Turunç visitor and great supporter of this website - you can enjoy a little flavour of Republic Day celebrations in the village in 2012.