• January 1 - Monday: New Year
  • January 6 - Saturday: Epiphany
  • March 18 - Monday: Clean Monday
  • March 25-Monday: Anniversary of the Revolution of 1821
  • May 1 – Holy Wednesday:  Labor Day (moved this year)
  • May 3 - Friday: Good Friday (On Good Friday, the operation of shops is prohibited before 12:00 noon and after 19:00 in the afternoon)
  • May 5 - Sunday: Holy Easter
  • May 6 - Monday: Easter Monday
  • May 7 - Tuesday: Labor Day will be celebrated because it is transferred
  • June 24 - Monday: Holy Spirit
  • August 15 -Thursday: Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • October 28 - Monday: National Holiday-Anniversary of “NO”
  • November 17 - Sunday: Anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising
  • December 25 - Wednesday: Christmas
  • December 26 - Thursday: Second day of Christmas

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



  • Monday, 1 January: New Year’s Day (Yılbaşı) – National Holiday – First day of the New Year.
  • Monday, 8 April: Sugar Feast’s Eve (Ramazan Bayramı Arifesi) – Religious Holiday – ½ day.
  • Tuesday, 9 – Thursday, 11 April: Sugar Feast (Ramazan Bayramı) – Religious Holidays – Three-day festival to celebrate the end of fasting (Ramadan) where plenty of sweets are eaten.
  • Tuesday, 23 April:  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). Dedicated to the children.
  • Wednesday, 1 May: Labor and Solidarity Day (Emek ve Dayanışma Günü) – National Holiday.
  • Sunday, 19 May: 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. It is dedicated to the youth.
  • Saturday, 15 June: Feast of the Sacrifice’s Eve (Kurban Bayramı Arifesi) – Religious Holiday – ½ day.
  • Sunday, 16 – Wednesday, 19 June: Feast of the Sacrifice (Kurban Bayramı) – Religious Holidays – Four-day festival where sheep are sacrificed/slaughtered and their meat is distributed to the poor.
  • Monday, 15 July: Democracy Day – National Holiday – Celebrating foiled coup attempt of 2016.
  • Friday, 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. Dedicated to the armed forces.
  • Sunday, 6 October: Liberation of Istanbul (İstanbul’un Kurtuluşu) – Regional Holiday – Anniversary of the liberation of Istanbul by Turkish armed forces during the War of Independence.
  • Monday, 28 October: Republic Day’s Eve (Cumhuriyet Bayramı Arifesi) – National Holiday – ½ day.
  • Tuesday, 29 October: Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayramı) – 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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