April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day Quotes and Messages…
Undoubtedly, children are the building blocks of a nation. Giving importance to children is very important both for themselves and for the future of the country and the world. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk: “Children are the future of our nation and a source of joy and merriness. It is our duty to raise children with the awareness that today’s children are the future’s adults.” Highly aware of this situation, the Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk declared April 23 as children’s holiday. Let’s talk about the meaning and importance of April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children’s Day.
A day gifted to children…
April 23, 1920 is when the First Grand National Assembly was opened and the sovereignty of the Turkish people was declared. 4 years later, on April 23, 1924, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk asked that this important day be celebrated as a holiday. And exactly five years later, on April 23, 1929, he dedicated this day to children. Since then April 23 started to be celebrated as National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. The tradition of allowing children to take over official roles from adults and the accommodation of children participating in the ceremonies by families in Ankara started in 1929. The official acknowledgement of the day came with the Law on National Holidays and General Holidays enacted on May 27, 1935. It was only after 1979 that the holiday assumed an international dimension. Declaration of the year 1979 as the International Year of the Child by UNESCO made April 23 the holiday of all children around the world. The first celebration was attended by six countries. But attendance increased over time, and now children from more than forty countries participate in the celebrations of April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. The 23rd of April has great importance as Turkey is the first and only country in the world that gifted a holiday to children. This is predominantly due to the fact that the Great Leader Atatürk thought children are the future of a nation. His dedication of April 23 to children symbolizes his unshakable trust and love for them. Therefore, the new generations who are the guardians of the republic should be made aware of the significance April 23 holds for the nation. This important day is also an opportunity for strengthening the bonds of love, fraternity and friendship among the children of the world.
This important day keeps gaining in importance with each passing year…
Solemn ceremonies and children’s festivals take place throughout Turkey on National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, held on April 23 each year. Children take seats in the Turkish Parliament and symbolically govern the country for one day.
During their stay in Turkey, the foreign children are housed in Turkish homes and find an important opportunity to interact with the Turkish children and learn about each other’s countries and cultures. The foreign children groups also participate in the special session of the Grand National Assembly.
National Sovereignty and Children’s Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
Turkish Radio and Television Corporation has been organizing international children’s festivals, held during the week of April 23, since 1979.
April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day Quotes and Messages
“Sovereignty rests unconditionally with the nation.” Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Happy April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day!
Happy 23rd April National Sovereignty And Childrens Day!
Happy Aprıl 23 National Sovereignty And Childrens Day to us all!
We wish our country and children a Happy April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children’s Day.
National sovereignty is the honor of the nation. Happy April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day
Only a happy nation can build a bright future! Happy April 23 National Sovereignty And Children’s Day!
Healthy children are a healthy future. Happy April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day to all our children!
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s present to the children of the world, Happy April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day!
Happy April 23 national sovereignty and children’s Day to our children that are architects of our future
Today is the day of those who look to the future with shining! Happy April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day!
We have the most beautiful day in the world. this pride is for all of us.Happy April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day
“The future of the Turkish nation shines bright with vast promise due to the infinite will power and uprighteousness of today’s children.” Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Happy April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, presented by Atatürk to our children, who are the joy of today and the hope of tomorrow.
‘’The rising new generation! The future belongs to you.
We established the Republic;
It is you who will raise and sustain it! ‘’
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
We celebrate the 23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day of our children who represent our future and wish a healthy happy future for our children who we entrust our future.
“Little ladies, little gentlemen! You are all a rose, star and light of prosperity of the future. You are the ones who will drown the country in real light. ”
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
National Sovereignty and Children’s Day fills our souls with joy. Our children’s smiles illuminating their faces give meaning to life. We celebrate all our children’s day and continue our endeavors for their todays and tomorrows.
Symbolizing the common will and independence of Turkish nation, April 23 is celebrated enthusiastically and gratefully every year in all of the institutions and schools across the country and in foreign delegations.
April 23, the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, is one of the most special festivals as it ensures that the new generation internalizes their glorious history and carries the Republic of Turkey entrusted by Ataturk to future proudly.
“All of our children here today, you represent the future of Turkey and the future of Planet Earth. That is why it is so important for you to always work hard, do your best in school every single day and never give up on your dream in life. Keep your eyes on the stars!”. Retired astronaut Dr. Don Thomas
This year, we are proud to celebrate the 103th anniversary of April 23, 1920, the day Turkish Grand National Assembly was opened. The existence of the Parliament, the reflection of the will of the nation, has been one of our greatest values for a century, and it is the strongest reflection of our independence.