National Youth and Sports Day

During breakfast this morning, Dragos and I heard the sound of a marching band approaching. The band lead a long parade of youth celebrating Turkey’s National Youth and Sports Day.

The actual day is 19 May (Thursday). The council must have sensibly decided to hold the march today to minimise traffic disruptions.

It was on 19 May, 1919 when Ataturk arrived in Samsun (northern Turkey) during the war of independence.

The band:

Flag carriers:

Young martial arts participants with their mothers walking on each side: