A Turkish Coronavirus Science Committee member said that the muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha would determine whether schools could reopen at the end of August. The professor noted that social traffic during celebrations could make infections spike.
Some 13 Istanbul residents were fined over the weekend for disrupting traffic during celebrations for a young man going off to military service. One participant was detained by police for firing blank cartridges out of a car.
This year, the May 19 celebrations in Turkey were held within homes due to the coronavirus lockdown. Nationalist and neo-nationalist accounts called for a united celebration at exactly 19:19 in the evening. Even Atatürk as a symbol seems to have been partially adopted by the AKP regime in order to create total control over the public.
April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day is one of the most unique festivals in the world just dedicated to children. Each year it is celebrated in Turkey with several ceremonies and performances, but this year children marked the day at home amid coronavirus outbreak.