Saturday, 1 September 2012

Victory Day at Davutlar Marina

The 30th August marks Victory Day in Turkey, locally called Zafer Bayramı.  It commemorates the Battle of Dumlupınar, the decisive battle in the Greco-Turkish war which had been fought between 1919 and 1922.  The Battle of Dumlupınar was fought just outside of  Kütahya a city in Western Turkey, between 26th and 30th August 1922.  After this date the rule of the Ottoman Dynasty was over.

As often happens here in Turkey we stumbled upon this event at Davutlar Marina.  We had gone for a walk along the beach when we noticed a lot of people standing around the Marina and the largest boat decked out in lots of Turkish flags and flags showing the head of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, an army officer who led the Turkish National Movement during the War of Independence 1919 to 1923 and who is credited with founding the Republic of Turkey on 29th October 1923.



Like most places in the world, where would Turkish people be without their mobile phones to let people know what is going on.


The little fishing boats that are normally used for a relaxing day on the water, were being loaded up with people wanting to join in.


Not the easiest of things to get into.


Everybody in, off they go.


Some people were walking around with some large flags.



There is a small foot bridge that goes over the entrance to the inland part of the Marina which gave a good vantage point to see some of the small boats that moor in the stiller waters.


I love the way this lady had colour coordinated her top with the Turkish flag.



This dog had been watching everybody getting into their boats and almost seemed to be saying 'I want to join in!'


If only he could work out how to get the boat started!


This young girl was really getting into the spirit of things marching to the loud music being played, I am not sure her sister felt the same.



As with all 'best laid plans' there is always a technical hitch.  I wondered why everybody had been standing around the main boat but had not got on board.


There appears to be a problem with the generator used to start the motor of the boat, there seems to be some worried faces starting to appear, although most people don't seem to have noticed.


Even this duck has come along to see what all the fuss is about.


Everybody appears to be boarding both of the larger boats now, so crisis averted.


The rest of the smaller boats are all patiently waiting to get going.






Some of these little boats are well loaded with people.


Last minute tweeks on the sound system, almost ready!



'Wake me up when everybody is ready to go!'



Yay! they are lifting the anchor on the large boat.


At long last they are off.


The flotilla is going to head along the long stretch of beach here, we cannot keep up with it at the moment so I will get pictures on its way back.

It may be a Bank Holiday today here in Turkey, but some peoples work is never done.


I can see the flotilla making its way back along the coast.


I am not sure where all of the black smoke is coming from, I hope it is nothing to serious.



It is lovely to see the people on the beach waving at the flotilla as it goes by.




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