We had school off today for National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, a Turkish holiday. The holiday commemorates the first gathering of the Turkish Parliament, which took place on April 23, 1920. (You can read more history of the holiday here.) There is a lot of national pride in Turkey, and many Turks hang flags off of their balconies. Check out this huge flag strung between two buildings:
Turkish schools have celebration performances with speeches, singing, and dancing. We walked down to the same school as last year to watch the festivities. There was quite a crowd:
The Turkish children were so cute in their traditional garb!
I love Turkey this time of year. The sun felt so good today.
PS. In addition to it being a national holiday here… Happy birthday to my little sister, Mary! We love you!