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Published:April 22nd, 2008 09:58 EST
International Children's Day is Tomorrow in Turkey

International Children's Day is Tomorrow in Turkey

By Askin Ozcan (Mentor)

23 April is the celebration day of the opening of the first Turkish Parliament in 1920. Turkish Republic's first president Mustafa Kemal Ataturk designated this day as the International Children's Festival Day.

Each year children from around the world are invited to Turkey to celebrate this day with festivities of songs and dance, together with the children of Turkey.

This year, children from 40 countries are participating in this colorful event.  Meeting of children from different countries dancing and singing their national dances and songs and building new friendships are indeed a good start for a peaceful and friendly future in the world.

Turkish political leaders have stressed in their meetings that "wars and conflicts are the decisions of the grown-ups, not the decisions of the children, but they influence the happiness and welfare of the children and, therefore, must be stopped."

Children from various countries also expressed that they wish all wars are stopped and a global peace is established.

23 April is the great day of International Children's Festival in Ankara. Festivities can be watched at  www.wwitv.com  in the Turkish televisions of TRT. Turkish State Tourism Offices and Cultural Attaches around the world  can give information on how to obtain the videos of this colorful International Children's Festival beginning tomorrow in Turkey.