• January 1-Friday: New Year
  • January 6-Wednesday: Epiphany
  • March 15-Monday: Clear Monday
  • March 25-Thursday: Anniversary of the Revolution of 1821
  • April 30-Friday: Good Friday (On Good Friday the operation of the shops is prohibited before 12:00 noon and after 19:00 in the afternoon)
  • May 1-Saturday: Labor Day
  • May 2-Sunday: Holy Easter
  • May 3-Monday: Easter Monday
  • June 21-Monday: Holy Spirit
  • August 15-Sunday: Assumption of the Virgin
  • October 28-Thursday: National Holiday-Anniversary of No
  • November 17-Wednesday: Anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising
  • December 25-Saturday: Christmas
  • December 26-Sunday: Second day of Christmas
  • December 31, Friday: New Year's Eve

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


Public & Religious Holidays in TURKEY (2021)

  • 1 January, Friday: New Year’s Day (Yılbaşı)-National Holiday-First day of the New Year.
  • 23 April, Friday: National Sovereignty and Children’s Day (Ulusal Eğemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı)- National Holiday- Commemoration of the first opening of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara (1920). The day is dedicated to the children.
  • 1 May, Saturday: Labor and Solidarity Day (Emek ve Dayanışma Günü)-National Holiday.
  • 13 May to 15 May, Thursday to Saturday: Ramazan Bayramı Holiday. Sugar Feast (Ramazan Bayramı)-Religious Holidays-Three-day festival to celebrate the end of fasting (Ramadan) where plenty of sweets are eaten.
  • 19 May, Wednesday: Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth & Sports Day (Atatürk’ü Anma Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı)-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.
  • 15 July, Thursday: Democracy and National Solidarity Day- Celebrating foiled coup attempt.
  • 20 July to 23 July, Tuesday to Friday: Feast of the Sacrifice (Kurban Bayramı)-Religious Holidays-Four-day festival where sheep are sacrificed/slaughtered and their meat is distributed to the poor.
  • 30 August, Monday: 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.
  • 29 October, Friday: Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayramı) – National Holiday – Anniversary of the proclamation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.
  • December 31, Friday: New Year's Eve

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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