May 19 Holiday: Commemoration of Atatürk Youth and Sports Day

May 19 Holiday in Turkey dates back to 1938 when according to Atatürk’s wishes this day became Youth and Sports Day, a public holiday. The date is symbolic and remembers the arrival of Atatürk in Samsun by boat on May 19th, 1919 as the offset of the Turkish War of Independence. In 1981, on the 100th anniversary of Atatürk’s birth, May 19 Holiday became Commemoration of Atatürk Youth and Sports Day. Check out this series of photos of the celebrations that marked the 100th anniversary of May 19 Holiday to get a better insight in the importance of this day for the Turkish people.

Bandirma, Replica Of The Boat That Brought Atatürk To Samsun

Bandirma, Replica Of The Boat That Brought Atatürk To Samsun & The Origin Of May 19 Holiday

Will May 19 Holiday, Commemoration of Atatürk Youth and Sports Day affect your holiday?

May 19 Holiday or Atatürk Commemoration Day is a public holiday which means schools, government offices, banks and post offices, and businesses close. Tourist attractions, shops, and restaurants will remain open as usual. You may notice a change in the routes of some buses due to sports events. The sports events mark the end of a 10-day marathon where young athletes carry the Turkish flag from the Black Sea port of Samsun to Ankara, where the President accepts the flag during a special May 19 Holiday ceremony.

You will find an overview of all religious and public holidays in Turkey on our dedicated calendar page, including May 19 Holiday. Make sure to check it before you travel to avoid disappointment. Also, take a look at our Turkey travel resources page. It contains all the information you need to prepare your trip to Turkey. Do you still have questions? Come and say hello on our dedicated Facebook page.

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