This event is to commemorate Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic. Turkey is commemorating Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Founder of Republic of Turkey, who passed away November 10th , 1938. Today commemoration ceremonies are taking place throughout Turkey and in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.In October 1938, Atatürk was dining with friends on the presidential yacht, Savarona, when he was taken ill. He was taken to the nearby Dolmabahçe Palace, where he eventually died, on November 10th. Since then, every clock in the palace has been stopped at 9:05, the precise moment of his death. Throughout the country on November 10th daily life and traffic stops at 9:05 a.m. for two minutes, sirens ring out and flags are hoisted at half-mast to commemorate the Great Leader. There is no holiday on this day.