Victory Day: Zafer Bayramı 30/8

August 30 is Victory Day, in Turkish called Zafer Bayramı.

It is a national holiday celebrated everywhere in Turkey.

Many people in Turkey celebrate Zafer Bayramı by showing up at the Atatürk monuments, which are all over in Turkey. In Alanya the biggest Atatürk monument is in the centre, close to the port.

In other cities people are attending military parades and the air forces celebrates the day with demonstration flights who leaves a red-and-white trail in the air, in symbol of the Turkish flag.

In Alanya all public’s offices, administration building, schools, banks, and many shops will be closed on August 30. There can also be changes in the Public transport

Why Turkey celebrate Zafer Bayramı

Victory Day in Turkey commemorates the key Turkish victory against Greek forces in the Battle of Dumlupınar (August 26-30, 1922). The outcome of the battle, which took place in Kütahya province in western Turkey, determined the overall outcome of the Turkish War of Independence (1919-1923).

Although foreign forces first left the country in the autumn of 1922, Turkish people accept August 30 as the date of the Turkish troops’ overall victory against Greek. Victory Day was first celebrated in only a few cities in Turkey – such as Ankara, Izmir and Afyonkarahisar – on August 30, 1923, but later it became a national holiday in all cities (1935).

The Turkish flag with images of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk are the symbols of Victory Day in Turkey.


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