Inspired by Jeff, each week from now on I’ll have an “Ataturk Picture Of The Week”.
Even though he died several decades ago, the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is loved and adored in Turkey. There are statues and pictures of him everywhere.
The following picture is from my friend, Orhan’s calendar. The 2005 Turkish Notary Association calendar has a different picture of Ataturk for every month.
May’s picture features Ataturk (second row, third from left) with the teachers and students of Ankara Girl’s High School after their final examination on 24 June 1933.
19 May is in red as the day is an official public holiday called National Youth and Sports Day. Although it is a holiday, most private businesses will remain open.