Prof. Dr. Karadağ celebrated the 98th Anniversary of the Acceptance of the National Anthem in Turkey
Prof. Dr. Metin Karadağ, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, explains about the acceptance of the National Anthem of the Republic of Turkey on the 21st of March, on it’s 98th Anniversary.
Karadağ stated that anthems are composed to reflect principles such as self-reflection of nations, love of their homeland, and the sacred knowledge and defense of the land. He said the oldest of anthems is the British National Anthem, which was sung at Royal Ceremonies beginning in the 18th century.
Karadağ said the Ottoman Empire wasn’t interested in nationalism so creating a national anthem wasn’t important to them. The establishment of Turkish Grand National Assembly, as national anthem was needed in the modern state. The Ministry of National Education (MONE) started a National Anthem contest of 500 lira at the beginning of 1921 and while a large part of the country was occupied, it tried to reach a wide audience with limited communication channels.
Mehmet Akif Ersoy a patriotic citizen, was among the participants in the competition. He did not accept to take any money from the national duty and opposed to the election, however, Hamdullah Suphi Tanrıöver, the minister of MONE convinced the poet.