Public holidays in Turkey

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The official holidays in Turkey are established by the Act 2429 of March 19, 1981 that replaced the Act 2739 of May 27, 1935. These holidays can be grouped in national and religious holidays. There are currently 14.5 days of public holiday[1] in Turkey, one of the highest number worldwide.

Date English name Local name Remarks
January 1 New Year's Day Yılbaşı First day of the Gregorian new year
April 23 National Sovereignty and Children's Day Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı Commemoration of the first opening of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey at Ankara in 1920. Dedicated to the children.
1 May Labour and Solidarity Day Emek ve Dayanışma Günü May Day
19 May Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day Atatürk'ü Anma Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı Commemoration of the beginning of national liberation movement initiated in 1919 by Atatürk's landing in Samsun. Dedicated to the youth.
July 15 Democracy and National Unity Day Demokrasi ve Millî Birlik Günü Commemoration of the national unity against the coup d'état attempt for democracy in 2016.
August 30 Victory Day Zafer Bayramı Commemoration of the victory at the final battle in Dumlupınar ending the Turkish Independence War in 1922, dedicated to the armed forces.
October 29 Republic Day Cumhuriyet Bayramı Commemoration of the proclamation of the republic in 1923. Also the halfday in the afternoon of previous day.
After the end of the Islamic month Ramadan[2] Ramadan Feast Ramazan Bayramı or Şeker Bayramı Religious holiday for 3 days. Also the halfday in the afternoon of previous day.
Begins on the tenth day of the Islamic month Dhu'l-Hijjah Sacrifice Feast Kurban Bayramı Religious holiday for 3 days in hajj period. Also the halfday in the afternoon of previous day.
Former Holidays
Date English name Local name Remarks
27 May Freedom and Constitution Day Hürriyet ve Anayasa Bayramı Commemoration of the 1960 coup d'état. Observed between 1963 and 1981.
24 July National Day İyd-i Millî Celebration of Second Constitutional Era. Observed between 1909 and 1934.

The Cabotage Day held on 1 July is not a holiday.


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  2. ^ Since 1 yr. equals to 354 days 8 hr. and 48 min. in the Islamic calendar, the dates of Islamic feasts shift each year with respect to the Gregorian calendar.