Turkey Republic Day 2019 – Today’s Doodle celebrates Turkey’s Republic Day, known locally as Cumhuriyet Bayramı. On this day in 1923, the new Turkish parliament issued a proclamation that adopted a new constitution, establishing the Republic of Turkey after more than 600 years under the Ottoman Empire.
That same day, Mustafa Kemal was elected president of the Republic. He would later be named “Atatürk” (father of the Turks) and declared Republic Day to be Turkey’s most important national holiday.
Turkish flags and portraits of Atatürk are seen all over Turkey on this celebratory occasion. Citizens attend cultural events, including theater, poetry readings, and other festivities.
The day is also an excellent occasion to visit historic sites like the Atatürk’s memorial in Ankara, where many government officials lay wreaths in his honor. Festivities include plenty of music, flags, and torches, finally capped by a fireworks display.
Cumhuriyet Bayramımız kutlu olsun! (Happy Republic Day, Turkey!)
You can find more about Turkey Republic Day 2019 on the official Google Doodle Page