• January 1-Wednesday: New Year's Eve
  • January 6-Monday: Epiphany
  • March 2-Monday: Clean Monday
  • March 25-Wednesday: Independence Day (national holiday Anniversary of the 1821 Revolution), Annunciation of the Lord
  • April 17-Friday: Good Friday (On Good Friday the shops are closed before 12:00 noon and after 7 pm)
  • April 19-Sunday: Easter Sunday
  • April 20-Monday: Easter Monday
  • May 1-Friday: Labor Day/ May Day
  • June 8-Monday: Holy Spirit
  • August 15-Saturday: Assumption of the Virgin -Dormition of the Holy Virgin
  • October 28-Wednesday: National Holiday - Anniversary of No Day
  • November 17-Tuesday: Anniversary of the Technical University uprising
  • December 25-Friday: Christmas Day
  • December 26-Saturday: Second Christmas Day

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



  • Wednesday, 1 January: New Year’s Day (Yılbaşı)-National Holiday-First day of the New Year.
  • Thursday 23 April: National Sovereignty and Children’s Day - National Holiday- Commemoration of the first opening of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara (1920). The day is dedicated to the children.
  • Friday, 1 May: Labor and Solidarity Day-National Holiday.
  • Tuesday, 19 May: Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth & Sports Day-National Holiday-The arrival of Atatürk in Samsun in 1919, the beginning of the War of Independence. The day is also dedicated to the youth.
  • Saturday, 23 May: Sugar Feast’s Eve-Religious Holiday-½ day.
  • Sunday, 24-Tuesday, 26 May: Sugar Feast (Ramazan Bayramı)-Religious Holidays-Three-day festival to celebrate the end of fasting (Ramadan) where plenty of sweets are eaten.
  • Wednesday, 15 July: Democracy Day- National Holiday- Celebrating foiled coup attempt.
  • Thursday, 30 July: Feast of the Sacrifice’s Eve (Kurban Bayramı Arifesi)-Religious Holiday-½ day.
  • Friday, 31 July-Monday, 3 August: Feast of the Sacrifice (Kurban Bayramı)-Religious Holidays-Four-day festival where sheep are sacrificed/slaughtered and their meat is distributed to the poor.
  • Sunday, 30 August: Victory Day (Zafer Bayramı)-National Holiday-Victory over the allied forces during the final battle in Dumlupınar in 1922, ending the War of Independence. The day is also dedicated to the armed forces.
  • Tuesday, 6 October: Liberation of Istanbul -Regional Holiday-Anniversary of the liberation of Istanbul by Turkish armed forces during the War of Independence.
  • Wednesday, 28 October: Republic Day’s Eve – National Holiday – ½ day.
  • Thursday, 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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