May 19 Youth and Sports Day
Date Added: 17 May 2024

The 19th of May Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day is being celebrated in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) alongside Türkiye.

The day commemorates the 105th anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk landing in Samsun on May 19, 1919, which is regarded as the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence.

The founder of modern-day Türkiye, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk then dedicated the day to the country’s youth to whom he entrusted the future of the Turkish nation.

On the 19th of May Sunday, Minister of National Education Nazım Çavuşoğlu will deliver a speech on the meaning and importance of the day at 08:00 am on Bayrak Radio Television.

Wreath-laying ceremonies will be held at Atatürk monuments in all districts.

At 6pm the “105th Anniversary Cortege” will be held with the participation of students and teachers from Lefkoşa central schools, universities, federations, clubs and associations affiliated to the Sports Department, non-governmental organizations and the public.

At 19:19, after the cortege reaches Dereboyu, the Security Forces Marching Band and the Lefkoşa Anatolian Fine Arts High School will give a concert.

Also on Friday, students from the Bülent Ecevit Anatolian Lyceum paid a visit to President Ersin Tatar.

A similar group from the Esin Leman High School were received by Prime Minister Ünal Üstel.

The importance of preserving the state and sovereignty for future generations was highlighted during both meetings.

Meanwhile as part of the 19th of May Atatürk Remembrance, Youth and Sports Day the TCG Meltem (P-334), TCG Doğan (P-340) and TCG Doğanay (S-351) from the Turkish Naval Forces Command will make a port visit in the TRNC as part of the May 19 Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day.

The ships can be visited in Girne and Gazimağusa ports today, tomorrow and Sunday between 10.00 – 12.00 and 14.00-17.00.

According to the statement made by the Security Forces Command, the TCG Doğan (P-340) Fast Patrol Boat and TCG Doğanay (S-351) Submarine will be at the Girne Tourism Port, while the TCG Meltem (P-334) Fast Patrol Boat will be at the Gazimağusa Port.