Public Holidays in Turkey

This guide lists the national public holidays of Turkey, and gives a little background on the meaning and importance of the days. Turkey is a secular country, but its population is almost entirely Muslim; so it is no surprise that this is reflected in their national holidays.

National Public Holidays in Turkey – 2018

 Day Date Holiday Notes
Monday 01 January New Year’s Day Yılbaşı Günü . The first day of the new year! Similarly to most countries, Turkish people have the first working day of January as a holiday.
Monday 23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı. Celebrating the first opening of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (in Ankara, in 1920). Also Childen’s Day – and the two days combine in a unique way, as children take over the Grand National Assembly for the day!
Tuesday 01 May Labour Day işçi bayramı. An internationally recognised holiday, also known as “International Workers’ Day”.
Friday 15 June Ramazan Feast/ Eid al-Fitr Ramazan Bayramı. The end of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar; a holy month, in which Mohammed had the Qu’ran revealed to him. Many Muslims fast throughout daylight hours during Ramadan, breaking their fast with a prayer and a meal (iftar). At the end of the month, Eid is celebrated across the Islamic world. The Gregorian (Western) date of this holiday varies depending on the lunar cycle.
Tuesday-Friday August 21-24 Sacrifice Feast/Eid al Adha Kurban Bayrami. One of the older Islamic holidays, the Sacrifice Feast lasts for four days. Traditionally, an animal is sacrificed, and a third of the meat given to the poor – but, in recent years, many Turks instead make a donation to charity to mark the Feast.
Thursday 30 August Victory Day/Armed Forced Day Zafer Bayramı – commemorating the victory of the Battle of Dumlupına, a decisive battle in the Turkish War of Independence.
Monday 29 October (and the afternoon of the 28th) Turkish Republic Day Cumhuriyet Bayramı. Celebrating the proclamation of the Turkish Republic (29 October 1923).

National Public Holidays in Turkey – 2019

Day Date Holiday Notes
Tuesday 01 January New Year’s Day Yılbaşı Günü .
Tuesday 23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı.
Wednesday 01 May Labour Day işçi bayramı.
Wednesday 05 June Ramazan Feast/ Eid al-Fitr Ramazan Bayramı.
Tuesday-Thursday August 12-15 Sacrifice Feast/Eid al Adha Kurban Bayrami.
Friday 30 August Victory Day/Armed Forced Day Zafer Bayramı 
Tuesday 29 October Turkish Republic Day Cumhuriyet Bayramı.

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