Turkish Canadian Society Of Edmonton celebrates the 97th of Turkish National Sovereignty and Children’s Day.
Come to join the Turkish Canadian Society and many other multicultural groups for a Children’s Day celebration on Sunday, April 23rd at the Central Lion’s Recreation Centre.
Dance and music is the usual entertainment in multicultural events. This year we wanted to add one more feature to our celebration. Who isn’t looking for ways (and games) to entertain children in these never ending Winter months? We will have volunteers that will staff activity stations throughout the Gymnasium from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, to teach children games we used to play in our home countries. There will be a face painter and a balloon artist. Children will get stamps for each new game and activity they try and we will have little gifts and surprises for those who complete the most number of activities. From 3 pm to 5 pm we will have our traditional dance and music performances, presented by the Turkish and other multicultural groups. You can stop by for a couple hours, or stay for the whole day.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
What is the significance of April 23rd?
April 23rd has been celebrated as National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in Turkey since the late 20s. It is the day the Turkish National Assembly opened it’s doors in 1920. It was initially celebrated as a national event, with parades around the country. In 1979, when UNESCO declared that year the “Year of the Child” the Children’s Day celebrations in Turkey became an international multicultural event. Today children from all around the world come to Turkey for visit around this time in April, they stay with Turkish families, join the parades with their wonderful cultural costumes and perform at a Gala Event on April 23rd. We feel lucky to live in such a culturally diverse city, like Edmonton. Those of us that are first generation immigrants in Canada, wanted to bring this lovely tradition to Edmonton.
Here is a link to our past performers: