May 19: Youth and Sports Day

Today is a public holiday in Turkey. Well at least for schools, government businesses, banks and the odd commercial business. This holiday commemorates Ataturk’s arrival at Samsun on 19 May 1919 at the beginning of Turkey’s War of Independence.

Like all public holidays (except for the two main religious holidays) many Turkish houses and businesses display the Turkish flag out the front. In the past 3 years I am sure I’ve seen more Turkish flags than any other flags in my whole life.