Official Holidays and Feasts of Turkey
Official holidays and feasts of Turkey are divided into two parts: Official holidays and Religious holidays. These days were officially announced as holidays.
During official holidays, all government institutions and majority of the private organizations do not work. In other words, banks and government institutions are closed and at the same time in hospitals, doctors on duty usually work for emergency services.
Official vacations consist of important days of the country. For your information we listed these days.
1st January – It is considered as the beginning of a new year. 1st January is announced as official holiday. As government institutions and banks are closed, many malls serves for shorter time because of the new year.
23rd April – One of the most important days in Turkey’s establishment. 23rd April 1920 was opening date of Grand National Assembly of Turkey. The same day is celebrated as children’s day. Formal ceremony is organized on that day. 23rd April is an official holiday.
1st May – It is celebrated as workers’ day . 1st May is an official holiday.
19th May – It is considered as the beginning date for struggling of Turkey’s independence. On 19th May 1919, the founder of Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kamal Atatürk, got to Samsun and this day is celebrated as beginning of Turkish struggle for freedom. Also, this day is celebrated as Youth and Sports day. 19th May is an official holiday.
30th August – It is celebrated as the day of Turkey’s victory in Turkish Independence War. 30th August is an offical holiday.
29th October – It has celebrated as Republic Day of Turkey since 29th October 1923. Government institutions officially have holiday, which starts from afternoon of 28th October. 29th October and the afternoon of 28th October are official holidays.
Moreover, in Turkey two religious holidays are celebrated. These holidays represent Islam. Since majority of Turkish people is Muslim, these days are celebrated and considered as official holidays.
Ramadan Feast– It is celebrated at the end of Ramadan month by Muslim world. This holiday takes 3 days. During 3 days, banks, government institutions and educational institutions are closed. The day before Ramadan Holiday is considered as the day of eve. Official Holiday is began at the afternoon of the eve and continues for the next 3 days. Each year, days of Ramadan Holiday change. Simply, Ramadan Holiday is 10 days before the last year’s date of Ramadan holiday.
Eid Feast– The other holiday of Muslim world is Eid Holiday which is celebrated for 4 days. During the holiday, banks, government institutions and educational institutions are closed. One day before the start of holiday is considered as the day of eve. Official Holiday is began at the afternoon of the eve and continues for the next 4 days. Each year, the day of Eid Holiday change like the day of Ramadan Holiday. Simply, Eid Holiday is celebrated after 70 days from Ramadan Holiday.