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Events in Turkey

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May 19, 2000 - Atatürk's Commemoration and Youth and Sports Day.
August 30, 2000 - Victory Day.
October 29, 2000 - Republic Day.
December 28-January 1, 2001 - Ramazan Bayrami (End of Ramadan).

Secular festivities include camel-wrestling in mid-January, in the village of Selçuk, south of Izmir; National Sovereignty Day, April 23, a big holiday to celebrate the first meeting of the republican parliament in 1920. Celebrations abound in summer: there's a sloppy oiled wrestling festival in early June at Sarayiçi, near Edirne; the country Kafkasör Festival near Artvin in north-eastern Turkey in the 3rd week of June; the International Istanbul Festival of the Arts (late June to mid-July); Bursa's Folklore and Music Festival in mid-July and Diyarbakir's Watermelon Festival in mid or late September. The whole country stops, just for a moment, at 9.05 am November 10, the time of Atatürk's death in 1938.

The following festivals are held annually: March Ankara International Film Festival; 1915 Sea Victory Celebration, Çanakkale. April Traditional 'Mesir' Festival, Manisa. April 23 International Children's Day, Ankara. April-May Ankara International Arts Festival. May Efes International Festival of Culture & Tourism, Selçuk; International Nysa Culture & Art Festival, Sultanhisar; Yunus Emre Culture & Art Week, Eskisehir; Aksu Culture & Art Festival, Giresun; International Music and Folklore Festival, Silifke; International Yachting Festival, Marmaris. May-June International Asia-Europe Biennial, Ankara. June Bartin Strawberry Festival; International Tea Festival, Rize; International Offshore Races Istanbul–Izmir; Foça Music, Folklore and Watersports Festival; Marmaris Festival; Bergama Festival; Atatürk Culture Festival, Amasya; Kafkasör Culture & Art Festival, Artvin; International Kus Cenneti Culture & Tourism Festival, Bandirma; Çesme Sea and Music Festival. June-July Istanbul International Art & Culture Festival; Traditional Kirkpinar Wrestling, Edirne; Ihlara Tourism and Art Week, Aksaray. July Erzurum International Congress; Tourism & Culture Festival, Iskenderun; International Folk Dance Festival, Samsun; Ceramic Festival, Kütahya; Nasreddin Hoca Festival, Aksehir; Hittite Festival, Çorum. August Troy Festival, Çanakkale; Insuyu Festival, Burdur; Hacibektas Veli Commemoration Ceremony; Mengen Chefs Festival, Bohn. September Izmir International Fair; Ertugrul Gazi Commemoration Ceremony, Sögüt; Seyh Edibâli'i Commemoration and Culture Festival, Bilecik; GAP Culture & Art Festival, Gaziantep; Javelin Games, Konya; Kemer Carnival; International Meerschaum (White Gold) Festival, Eskisehir; Sivas Congress Culture & Art Week; International Grape Harvest Festival, Ürgüp; International Fair, Mersin; Yagci Bedir Carpet Festival, Sindirgi Balikesir. September-October International Plastic Arts Festival, Istanbul; International Akdeniz Song Contest, Antalya; Culture & Art Festival, Diyarbakir; Mersin Art & Culture Festival. October Altin Portakal Film Festival; Ahi Brotherhood Cultural Week, Kirsehir; International Bodrum Cup; International Gullet Festival, Bozburun. November International Yacht Race, Marmaris. December International St Nicolas Symposium, Demre; Mevlana Commemoration Ceremony, Konya.

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