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I'd like to take a short break for the Nallihan Bird Sanctuary series as today is a very special day for all Turkish Children.

Every year, the children in Turkey celebrate April 23th "Sovereignty and Children's Day" as a national holiday.

Here is a brief info about this specail day in Wikipedia:

The Grand National Assembly of Turkey was established on 1920, April 23, and to commemorate the event, April 23 was proclaimed a national holiday in 1921. Since 1927[17] it has also become Children's Day (Turkish: Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı, literally "The Holiday of National Sovereignty and Children"), an official holiday dedicated to the children of Turkey and (from 1979 on) the world. The day is celebrated annually in Turkey with spectacular activities.
In addition to holding many domestic celebratory events such as stadium performances, Turkey also houses TRT International April 23 Children's Festival , where groups of children from other countries are invited to participate in the festivities while staying at Turkish families' homes. In some countries, Festivals are celebrated with children's of different ethnicities such as Italy."

Let's hope our children will live in a better and peaceful world.

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