PUBLIC, NATIONAL & RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS OF GREECE (2018)
January 1-Monday: New Year's Day
January 6-Saturday: Epiphany
February 19-Monday: Clean Monday
March 25-Sunday: Independence Day (national holiday), Annunciation of the Lord
April 6-Friday: Good Friday (On Good Friday, the shops are open after 12:00 at noon until 19:00 in the afternoon)
April 8-Sunday: Easter Sunday
April 9-Monday: Easter Monday
May 1-Tuesday: Labor Day / May Day
May 28-Monday: Holy Spirit Monday
August 15-Wednesday: Dormition of the Holy Virgin
October 28-Sunday: The Ochi day
December 25-Tuesday: Christmas Day
December 26-Wednesday: Synaxis of the Mother of God
There are also local holidays per city that you can find in the link below:
PUBLIC, NATIONAL & RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS in TURKEY (2018)
Monday, 1 January: New Year’s Day - First day of the New Year
Monday, 23 April: National Sovereignty and Children’s Day - Commemoration of the first opening of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara (1920). The day is dedicated to the children.
Tuesday, 1 May: Labor and Solidarity Day
Saturday, 19 May: Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth & Sports Day-The arrival of Atatürk in Samsun in 1919, the beginning of the War of Independence. The day is also dedicated to the youth.
Thursday, 14 June: Sugar Feast’s Eve - Religious Holiday-½ day.
Friday, 15 – Sunday, 17 June: Sugar Feast-Religious Holidays-Three-day festival to celebrate the end of fasting (Ramadan) where plenty of sweets are eaten.
Sunday, 15 July: Democracy Day-Celebrating failed coup attempt.
Monday, 20 August: Feast of the Sacrifice’s Eve-Religious Holiday-½ day.
Tuesday, 21 – Friday, 24 August: Feast of the Sacrifice-Religious Holidays-Four-day festival where sheep are sacrificed / slaughtered and their meat is distributed to the poor.
Thursday, 30 August: Victory Day-National Holiday-Victory over the allied forces during the final battle in Dumlupınar in 1922, ending the War of Independence. The day is dedicated to the armed forces.
Saturday, 6 October: Liberation of Istanbul-Regional Holiday-Anniversary of the liberation of Istanbul by Turkish armed forces during the War of Independence.
Monday, 29 October: Republic Day-National Holiday-Anniversary of the proclamation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.
Most popular tourist attractions and shops open their doors during national holidays, but are closed until 13:00 on the first day of religious holidays. Both the Spice Bazaar and the Grand Bazaar are closed for the full duration of religious holidays, and also on October 29th. Banks are closed during all holidays-national and religious. Avoid road trips during both religious holidays, especially the Feast of the Sacrifice, because traffic intensifies dramatically. During these holidays Turks visit their relatives all over the country. Also please note that May 1 demonstrations in and around Taksim and Kadıköy often end quite agitated. Don’t take unnecessary risks, and avoid crowded areas such as Taksim, Nişantaşı, Beşiktaş and Kadıköy on May 1st.