Monthly Archives: September 2011

Turkish Republic Day

At Holiday Mate we specialise in providing unforgettable holidays in Turkey and Northern Cyprus and our passion for delivering the best holiday possible is matched only by our passion for the holiday destinations themselves. We love Turkey; and that’s why we’ll be celebrating Turkish Republic Day on 29 October.

On that day in 1923, Turkey became a republic following the climax of the Turkish War of Independence and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. Every year, Turkey commemorates this momentous occasion and also celebrates the life Mustafa Kemal Ataturk; the first president of the republic of Turkey.

There is more to Turkey than its impeccable beaches, incredible weather and impressive night life. Turkey boasts a rich, diverse and sometimes violent, which contributes to making it the cultural and colourful republic that it is to this day. On Turkish Republic Day, October 29, Turkey and Northern Cyprus pay tribute to that history with ceremonies, activities, events and much celebration.

If you love holidays in Turkey as much as we do, why not join the residents of all of your favourite Turkish holiday destinations in celebrating this occasion.

Republic Day commemorative acts usually begin during the afternoon of the previous day, 28 October and continue throughout Turkish Republic Day. As a day of observance both government offices and schools close for the day. There are spectacular firework shows in all of the cities in Turkey. Flags and pennants are flown and waved as far as the eye can see and the Turkish national anthem (Istikal Marsi or ‘Independence March’) booms across the nation.
Anybody who has enjoyed an unforgettable Turkey holiday will undoubtedly want to celebrate this most revered day within the Turkish calendar. If you’re yet to experience a holiday in Turkey, why not visit Holiday Mate and book your dream Turkish getaway, right now? Once you’ve sampled all that idyllic Turkey has to offer, we’re sure you’ll want to celebrate Turkish Republic Day with the rest of us.

Turkish Republic Day Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Profile

We all love holidays in Turkey, thanks to the beautiful beaches, the care free resorts and the fantastic hotels, bars and restaurants, but how much do we really know about Turkey. On 29 October, Turkey will commemorate Turkish Republic Day. It was on that day in 1923 that Turkish constitution was amended and Turkey became a republic following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

Late October is a fantastic time to book holidays in Turkey because every year a day of national celebration is observed, remembering both this momentous event as well as the life of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, an important figure in the both the Turkish War of Independence; as well as the first president of the Turkish republic. Since we love our Turkey holidays, why not find out a little about the man revered more than any other in each of our favourite Turkey holiday destinations.

Mustafa Kemal was born in in Thessaloniki in 1881 and later graduated from military school; joining the Ottoman Army thereafter. When the Empire was defeated in World War I Anatolia was to be shared between France, Greece and Great Britain; with Turkey nothing more than a small Anatolian state.

But Kemal would organize a national resistance movement, mobilizing not only army units but the whole population of Anatolia. He became the undisputed leader of the national War of Independence.

On July 24, 1923, when the Lausanne Treaty was signed by the new Turkish government and the former occupying allies, Turkey was guaranteed its complete independence with the the borders it retains today. On 29 October 1923, the Republic of Turkey was announced and their national hero was elected its first president.

If you love Turkey holidays as much as we do, there is no better time to head to its beautiful shores than during these fantastic celebrations. Flags and pennants will wave and songs will fill the air. Turkey will be in celebration. Why not join the exciting celebrations for yourself and pay tribute to the unparalleled achievements of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.