Encouraging the celebration of oneness
Flipping through the Los Angeles Times , a picture of two youth, joyfully waving Turkish flags caught my eyes. For whatever reason, I couldn't seem to find any other information in the paper so of course, as most modern day researchers do, I searched the internet and discovered the www.timeandate.com story.
After the Ottoman Empire was defeated during WWI, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk dedicated the Turkish Republic to the Children of Turkey. Every year since then, on April 23rd, children ages eight to 14 are brought from around the world by state run radio and television corporations to be honored.
The week long festival includes activities like the play Merhaba Hayat (Hello Life), the famous ballet Tan Sagturk, The Dogus Chilren's Symphony Orchestra; etc. The celebration culminates with children taking seat in Turkish Parliament and symbolically governing the country for one day.
I absolutely love this idea and hope that our nation will follow suit. I believe that by empowering children to come together annually in celebration and fellowship, we create a foundation and emotional connection to the idea of oneness.
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For information on the 25th annual International Antalya Children's Festival see: