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 IstanbulIzmir; 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,
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