PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN TURKEY
1. New Year’s Day: January 1st
2. National Sovereignty and Children’s Day: April 23rd
3. Labor and Solidarity Day: May 1st
4. Youth and Sports Day: May 19th
5. Democracy and National Unity Day: July 15th
6. Eid al-Fitr (Ramadan Festival): 3 days, determined by the lunar calendar
7. Victory Day: August 30th
8. Republic Day: October 29th
9. Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 4 days, determined by the lunar calendar
Note that the dates for the Islamic holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha vary each year as they are determined by the lunar calendar.
Short introduction regarding public holidays in Turkey
Turkey is a country with a rich cultural heritage and diverse population, which is why many public holidays are celebrated throughout the year. These holidays are religious in nature. while others commemorate important historical events or figures.
New Year’s Day
One of the most important holidays in Turkey is New Year’s Day, celebrated on January 1st. Gather with friends and family to celebrate the start of a new year. Many people celebrate the occasion with gifts, and children often receive money or other small gifts.
National Sovereignty Day
Another important holiday in Turkey is the Day of National Sovereignty and the Child, which is celebrated on April 23rd. This day commemorates the founding of the Turkish Grand National Assembly in 1920 and is considered the beginning of modern Turkish Republic. Children are especially honored and celebrated on this day, and many schools and businesses close on this day to allow families to spend time together.
One of the most important religious holidays in Turkey is the “Ramazan Bayram” which marks the end of the Islamic month of fasting, Ramadan. This holiday is celebrated with banquets and gifts, and many people take the opportunity to visit family and friends.
Another important religious holiday in Turkey is the Kurban Bayramı, which Muslims around the world celebrate to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son. In some regions animals are slaughtered in a special way and afterwards the meat is shared among many people. This holiday is also marked by the exchange of gifts and many people take the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.
Republic Day is another important holiday in Turkey, which falls on October 29th is celebrated. This day marks the anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923, and is celebrated with parades and other patriotic events. Many schools and businesses close on this day and people take the opportunity to celebrate with friends and family.
Ataturk Memorial and Youth Sports Day
Another important holiday in Turkey is Ataturk Memorial and Youth and Sports Day, which is celebrated on May 19th. This day commemorates the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and is marked by ceremonies, parades and other events. Schools and shops are closed for the day and people gather to commemorate Ataturk and his contributions to the country.
Other holidays and festivals
In addition to these national holidays, there are also several regional holidays and festivals celebrated everywhere become Turkey. Some of them are Bursa Olive Festival, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and Istanbul International Film Festival.
To sum up, Turkey is a country with a rich cultural heritage and diverse population, and as such it has many public holidays that are celebrated throughout the year. These holidays range from religious holidays like Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha to national holidays like Republic Day and Ataturk Commemoration, as well as Youth Day and Sports Day.