On 29 October 1923, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk declared that Turkey would be a republic and renamed it as the “Republic of Turkey”.
Turkey had effectively been a republic from April 23, 1920 but official recognition of this came only 3 years later. On 29 October 1923, the new name of the nation and its status as a republic was declared. After that, a vote occurred in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and Atatürk was selected as the 1st president of the Republic of Turkey.
Since then, every year on October 29 is celebrated as Republic Day in Turkey.
These photos are from celebrations in Istanbul/Bagdat Street…
Happy Republic Day!