Çocuk Bayramı – Children’s Day


Thursday 24 April, 2014 by Uncle Spike

Across Turkey every 23rd of April, kids of primary and middle school age celebrate Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı, or “Holiday of National Sovereignty and Children”. Although a public holiday, kids attend their schools in the morning for parades, poetry readings an other very Turkish goings on. 

Afterwards, many municipalities put on festivals for the kids, and so this year we travelled to Göcek, as they are well known for putting on some special celebrations for the kids (and growed-up’s). As we drove there, young Cousin Spike Jnr was just a little excited!



Everything is free, with local businesses, hotels, clubs, charities and the local municipality providing everything from painting contests, to football, and singing, folk dancing to name but a few.







Many of the kids wear their best clothes…



…as did ours, err, sort of.



Entertainment was very usual for this part of Turkey; nothing extravagant, no helicopter rides or fun fair, just simple kids stuff; as it should be.





Many kids queued up to use the microphone to profess how well they had learned their folk songs, or readings or poetry.



Food was also on hand, as usual, nothing healthy – such as fresh deep-fried batter balls covered in a squirt of sugar syrup 😀



17 thoughts on “Çocuk Bayramı – Children’s Day

  1. That’s fun! The kid with the Darth Vader mask looks cute! And the clown’s face paint—is it modeled on the Philippine flag? Hehehe!

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  2. Colin Huggins says:

    Looks like heaps of fun for all ages.
    The Greek community have a special day here which from
    the photos shown for Cocuk Bayrami Day is very similar.
    Thousands attend this day of festivities.

    I am practicing for tomorrow – the 100th anniversary of the
    Gallipoli landings – my built in alarm clock for a wake up at
    3.00 am to catch a train into the Cenotaph but I think to be
    on the extra safe side I’ll get a wake up call from the
    telephone company. The weather is expected to be good.


  3. the Angry Birds comic strip t-shirt and Darth Vader helmet work for me 🙂


  4. Yum deep fried sugary goodness! And yay Darth Vader


  5. ssgt leslie says:

    interesting, looks like fun.


  6. Gill McGrath says:

    Batter balls sound great


  7. AnnetteM says:

    Looks great fun, apart from the clown! Sorry, but I HATE CLOWNS!


  8. janegundogan says:

    We used bayram as an escape. A trip to the beach. Sun and fun – woo hoo!


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