• January 1-Tuesay: New Year's Day
  • January 6-Sundday: Epiphany          
  • March 11-Monday: Clean Monday             
  • March 25-Monday: Independence Day (national holiday), Annunciation of the Lord            
  • April 26-Friday: Good Friday (On Good Friday, the shops are open after 12:00 at noon until 19:00 in the afternoon)            
  • April 28-Sunday: Easter Sunday         
  • April 29-Monday: Easter Monday      
  • May 1-Wednesday: Labor Day / May Day              
  • June 17-Monday: Holy Spirit Monday             
  • August 15-Thursday: Dormition of the Holy Virgin
  • October 28-Monday: The Ochi day
  • November 17-Sunday: Anniversary of the Polytechnic rebellion
  • December 25- Wednesday: Christmas Day           
  • December 26-Thursday: Synaxis of the Mother of God-2nd Christmas Day        

There are also local holidays per city that you can find in the link below:



  • Tuesday, 1 January: New Year’s Day - First day of the New Year
  • Tuesday, 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.
  • Wednesday, 1 May: Labor and Solidarity Day
  • Sunday, 19 May: Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth & Sports Day-The arrival of Atatürk in Samsun in 1919 and the beginning of the War of Independence. The day is also dedicated to the youth.
  • Monday, 3 June – Thursday, 6 June: Sugar Feast-Religious Holidays-Three-day festival to celebrate the end of fasting (Ramadan) where plenty of sweets are eaten.
  • Monday, 15 July: Democracy Day-Celebrating failed coup attempt.
  • Saturday, 10 August: Feast of the Sacrifice’s Eve-Religious Holiday-½ day.
  • Sunday, 11 – Wednesday, 14 August: Feast of the Sacrifice-Religious Holidays-Four-day festival where sheep are sacrificed / slaughtered and their meat is distributed to the poor (Kurban Bayramı).
  • Friday, 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.
  • Sunday, 6 October: Liberation of Istanbul-Regional Holiday-Anniversary of the liberation of Istanbul by Turkish armed forces during the War of Independence.
  • Monday 28 and Tuesday 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.

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