Victory Day in Turkey Date in the current year: August 30, 2016

Victory Day in Turkey Victory Day is a public holiday in Turkey that commemorates the victory in the Battle of Dumlupınar, the last battle in the Greco-Turkish war. Decisive Turkish victory in this battle was a critical step towards the independence of Turkey.

When the Ottoman Empire was defeated in the First World War, its territory was occupied and partitioned between the Allies. Turkish nationalists promptly began the War of Independence. The Greco-Turkish war was the Western Front of this war.

The Battle of Dumlupınar was the final and decisive battle of the Western Front. It began on August 26, 1922 near the town of Dumlupınar in Kütahya Province. The battle lasted for four days and resulted in decisive Turkish victory, which ended the Greek presence in Anatolia and eventually enabled Turkey to win the War of Independence.

Victory Day is celebrated on August 30 throughout Turkey. It is honors the Turkish military and the Republic of Turkey. The main celebration takes place at Anıtkabir (Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's mausoleum) in the capital city of Ankara. Victory Day festivities include flag hoisting, official speeches, wreath-laying ceremonies, military parades. One of the most important ceremonies is held at the War Academy in Istanbul.

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