2014 International Children’s Day
23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in Turkey is a unique event. The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dedicated April 23 to the children of the country to emphasize that they are the future of the new nation.
It was on April 23, 1920, during the War of Independence, that the Grand National Assembly met in Ankara and laid down the foundaions of a new, independent, secular, and modern republic from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk dedicated the sovereignty day to the children and entrusted in the hands of the youth the protection of this sovereignty and independence. Every year, the children in Turkey celebrate this national holiday internationally with their peers from all over the World. The importance of April 23 as a special day of children has been recognized by the international community. UNICEF decided to recognize this important day as the International Children’s Day.
TACA with the support of the City of Naperville celebrated 13th International Children’s Day, inviting all children and families from different ethnic backgrounds for cultural exchange. The nations’ parade, display desks, and performances in traditional costumes and many activities such as magic show, face painting, cotton candy treat, souvenir sales and clown jokes were held with certificates, gifts, food and beverages.
13th International Children’s Day event was held at 01:00 PM, on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Ranch View Elementary School in Naperville, IL.