23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day Celebrations
Orange County Turkish School is proud to present its annual April 23rd, National Sovereignty and Children’s Day celebrations. The modern-day Turkish Republic is founded on the war-time parliament that was gathered in Ankara on April 23rd, 1920. April 23rd commemorates the founding day for the modern Turkish democracy and parliamentary life. The founder of Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, believed that children of Turkey will support and further this democracy. That is why he designated April 23rd as a children’s holiday. Since 1980, April 23rd is celebrated as an international children’s day in Turkey with participants from over 50 countries.
The OC Turkish school celebrates the 23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day every year with a big party. Performances by our talented students include Turkish songs by our Choir, plays and poetry readings by our students and traditional Anatolian folk dances. Coupled with great food and the wonderful celebratory spirit of the day, April 23rd celebration not only showcase the talents and Turkish skills of our students, but also brings the entire OC Turkish school community together.