Google doodle marks 95 years of Turkey's Republic Day

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

By Kaan Bozdogan

ISTANBUL (AA) – Tech giant Google on Monday marked the 95th anniversary of Turkish Republic with a special home-page “doodle.”

Today local users of the search engine at or can see a Turkish flag fluttering in a rich blue sky. Clicking on the doodle brings up information about Oct. 29, Republic Day in Turkey.

“It's a festive day off from work for most Turkish citizens, who are free to enjoy parades, torchlight processions, and feasts, ” Google said, explaining the doodle.

“Last year in … Istanbul, around 50,000 fireworks lit up the massive Bosphorus Bridge. Turkey’s flag flies everywhere on Republic Day, its design evoking the history of civilization in the area. ”

The official proclamation of the Turkish Republic by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk took place on Oct. 29, 1923, when the name of the nation and its status as a republic were declared.

The Turkish Grand National Assembly (parliament) then voted unanimously to make Ataturk, a revolutionary statesman, first president of the Republic of Turkey.

Since then, Turkey has celebrated Republic Day every year on Oct. 29.