Ataturk Memorial Day

Although it is not a public holiday, in Turkey, Atatürk Memorial Day is a significant day in the calendar for all. It commemorates the passing of the first president of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

What Is Atatürk Memorial Day?

If you are visiting Turkey on November 10th, you will notice a flood of national flags waving, and you may be prompted to stop and observe a minute’s silence at 9:05 am.

Born in 1881, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was a soldier and a reformer who led Turkey as President from 1923 until his death in 1938. He was involved with a young revolutionary group, the Young Turks, that removed the sultan from power in 1909. He then led the Turkish War of Independence before being elected Turkey’s first president.

Later, he helped establish the Republic of Turkey as it is still known to this day. He wasn’t just a leader in his own country; Atatürk is known as one of the most significant leaders of his time, modernizing Turkey.

He studied Western governments and used the knowledge to give structure to his own for the benefit of his people. Atatürk also separated the government from religion for the first time.

Although he never had children of his own, it is believed that he adopted 12 daughters and a son. He passed away on November 10th, 1938, from cirrhosis of the liver.

How To Observe Atatürk Memorial Day

Since the people of Turkey observe this day with a minute’s silence, any tourists should show their respect by doing the same if visiting the country. Otherwise, researching the man and his life more can be a fascinating history lesson.

Where is it celebrated?
Turkey (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
November 10 Sunday
Next year (2025)
November 10 Monday
Last year (2023)
November 10 Friday