Atatürk Memorial Day: the day when time stood still

Atatürk Memorial Day isn’t a public holiday. Still, it deserves a place in this list because if you are traveling to Turkey on November 10th, you will most probably witness the whole country in a moment of silence. Every year, at 09:05 am on November 10th public life comes to a halt. You may take this quite literally as cars stop in the middle of the road, public transport stops, the people stand up, and sirens roar to pay tribute to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, hence Atatürk Memorial Day.

Clock 09-05 - Atatürk Memorial Day

Time stands still on Atatürk Memorial Day

Even today, when visiting Dolmabahçe Palace, the place where Atatürk stayed when he was visiting Istanbul, and also the place where he died, all of the clocks stand still at 09:05 am. So, if you’re in the country on November 10th, and you see symbols of clocks that stopped at 09:05, or you witness people holding a moment of silence, you know what the origin of this intense moment is. It is a powerful and deep impression to see a metropole such as Istanbul come to a halt in remembrance of the founder of the republic.

For a complete overview of religious and public holidays in Turkey, please consult our dedicated calendar.

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