Turkey celebrated the 99th anniversary of Republic Day with various ceremonies across the country.
The celebrations began with the visit of thousands of people to Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in the capital Ankara.
Visiting Anıtkabir with state officials, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in his October 29 message: “With the revolutions of democracy and development we have carried out over the past 20 years, we have removed the thick walls that have been built between the people and the republic.
Speaker of Parliament Mustafa Şentop, Vice Speaker Fuat Oktay, Chairman of Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Chairman of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli, Chairman of İYİ (Good) Party Meral Akşener , President of the Constitutional Court Zühtü Arslan, ministers, representatives of the high judiciary, the Chief of the General Staff, General Yaşar Güler, and force commanders also attended the ceremony which was held in Anitkabir.
The Directorate of Communication organized demonstrations of three-dimensional video mapping at historic sites in Ankara and Istanbul on 29 October.
A military parade took place on Vatan Street in Istanbul in the early hours of the day, while in the neighborhoods of Beşiktaş, Kadıköy and Kartal, people took part in kilometer-long “republic parades”.
There were also concerts and fireworks in the Üsküdar district.
Many citizens also attended the ceremony held at Bergama Cumhuriyet (Republic) Square in the Aegean province of Izmir.
The Municipality of Bayraklı of Izmir inaugurated an exhibition on the theme “Atatürk and the Republic” which lasted the whole week.
As part of the 99th anniversary activities, the Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality organized a torchlight procession with gondolas and boats on the Porsuk stream.
Thousands of people from Eskişehir Province in Central Anatolia as well as surrounding provinces awaited the arrival of the procession with the marches played.
The day was also celebrated in the Turkish Cypriot part of Cyprus with a series of ceremonies. The events, which began with President Ersin Tatar laying a wreath at the Atatürk monument in the capital Nicosia, continued with marching bands and concerts in all cities.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky celebrated Republic Day on his Twitter account. “I wish peace, well-being and prosperity to the friendly Turkish people. I believe that our joint efforts will bring peace, security and stability to the Black Sea region.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev also sent a congratulatory message to Erdoğan.
US Ambassador to Ankara Jeff Flake shared a photo with his wife in front of Anıtkabir on his Instagram account, saying in English and Turkish: “Peace at home, peace in the world. Happy Republic Day.
The slogan “Peace at home, peace in the world”, “Yurtta sulh, cihanda sulh” in Turkish, was first spoken by Atatürk on April 20, 1931, to the public during his tours in Anatolia. This position was later incorporated and implemented as Türkiye’s foreign policy.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif also issued a statement in Turkish with a message on Twitter and said: “The heroic struggle for the independence of the Turkish nation under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has a prominent place in the annals of the ‘story “.
The Greek Foreign Ministry, which had not published similar messages in recent years, celebrated “Republic Day of the Turkish People and Government” on its social media account.
International organizations also congratulated Turkey on Republic Day.
On October 29, 1923, Atatürk officially declared the nation’s name and proclaimed the country’s status as a republic.
A vote then took place in the Grand National Assembly and Atatürk, a revolutionary statesman, was unanimously elected as the first President of the Republic of Türkiye. Since then, Turkey celebrates Republic Day on October 29 every year.