The official holidays in Turkey are established by the Act 2429 of 19 March 1981 that replaced the Act 2739 of 27 May 1935. These holidays can be grouped in national and religious holidays. There are currently 14.5 days of public holiday[1][2] in Turkey, one of the highest number worldwide.

Date English name Local name Remarks
1 January New Year's Day Yılbaşı First day of the Gregorian new year
23 April National Sovereignty and Children's Day Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı Commemoration of the first opening of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey at Ankara in 1920. Dedicated to the children.
1 May Labour and Solidarity Day Emek ve Dayanışma Günü May Day
19 May Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day Atatürk'ü Anma, Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı Commemoration of the beginning of national liberation movement initiated in 1919 by Atatürk's landing in Samsun. Dedicated to the youth.
15 July Democracy and National Unity Day Demokrasi ve Millî Birlik Günü Commemoration of the national unity against the coup d'état attempt for democracy in 2016.
30 August Victory Day Zafer Bayramı Commemoration of the victory at the final battle in Dumlupınar ending the Turkish Independence War in 1922, dedicated to the armed forces.
29 October Republic Day Cumhuriyet Bayramı Commemoration of the proclamation of the republic in 1923. Also the halfday in the afternoon of previous day.
After the end of the Islamic month Ramadan.[3] Ramadan Feast Ramazan Bayramı Religious holiday for 3 days. Also the halfday in the afternoon of previous day.
Begins on the 10th day of the Islamic month Dhu'l-Hijjah. Sacrifice Feast Kurban Bayramı Religious holiday for 4 days in hajj period. Also the halfday in the afternoon of previous day.
Minority holidays (Proposed)
Date English name Local name Remarks
Begins on the 10th day of the Islamic month Muharram. Ashura Aşure Bayramı Religious holiday for Alevis.[4][5][6]
Begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month Kislev. Hanukkah Hannuka Religious holiday for Jews.[4][5][6]
The 10th day of the Hebrew month Tishrei. Yom Kippur Yom Kipur
Between 25 December and 1 January. Christmas Noel Bayramı Religious holiday for Christians.[4][5][6]
Last week of Lent. Easter Paskalya Bayramı
Former Holidays
Date English name Local name Remarks
27 May Freedom and Constitution Day Hürriyet ve Anayasa Bayramı Commemoration of the 1960 coup d'état. Observed between 1963 and 1981.
24 July İyd-i Millî İyd-i Millî Celebration of Second Constitutional Era. Observed between 1909 and 1934.


  1. ^ "Legislative acts. LAW ON NATIONAL HOLIDAYS AND GENERAL HOLIDAYS (TR: 2429 ULUSAL BAYRAM VE GENEL TATİLLER HAKKINDA KANUN)". Ministry of Labor and Social Protection.
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  3. ^ Since 1 yr. equals to 354 days 8 hr. and 48 min. in the Islamic calendar, the dates of Islamic feasts shift each year with respect to the Gregorian calendar.
  4. ^ a b c "'New human rights plan for the people': Turkish leader". Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b c SABAH, DAILY (2 March 2021). "Erdoğan unveils human rights plan for more democratic Turkey". Daily Sabah. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  6. ^ a b c "İnsan Hakları Eylem Planı" (PDF). Retrieved 6 March 2021.