April 23rd marks the first gathering of the Grand National Assembly (Turkish Parliament) which took place on April 23rd 1920. Each year on this date many of the Turkish People attend ceremonies and celebrations to commemorate this day. It is reported that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, dedicated it to the children of Turkey, which is why children play such an important role in the celebrations.
One of many parts of the celebrations in Kuşadası this year was a procession through the town led by the Municipality's Brass Band, followed by children dressed in their finest clothes and national costumes, along with their proud parents.
The young girls were eagerly waiting to have their faces painted.
Even at the end of a busy day, this little boy still had some energy left to burn off.