This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Turkey. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Wednesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

April 23 Thursday National Sovereignty and Children's Day Public holiday

Commemoration of the beginning of national liberation movement initiated in 1919 by Atatürk's landing in Samsun. Dedicated to the youth.

May 1 Friday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 19 Tuesday Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day Public holiday

Commemoration of the beginning of national liberation movement initiated in 1919 by Atatürk's landing in Samsun. Dedicated to the youth.

May 25 Monday Eid al-Fitr Public holiday

Important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm).

May 26 Tuesday Eid al-Fitr Day 2 Observance

Second day of the Ramadan Feast falls on the 2nd day of the month of Shawwal according to Islamic calendar.

May 27 Wednesday Eid al-Fitr Day 3 Observance

Third day of the Ramadan Feast.

July 15 Wednesday Democracy and National Unity Day Public holiday

Commemoration of the national unity against the coup d'état attempt for democracy in 2016.

July 30 Thursday Eid al-Adha Public holiday

One of the most important Islamic holidays, it honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of obedience to God's command. Begins on the tenth day of the Islamic month Dhu'l-Hijjah

July 31 Friday Eid al-Adha Day 2 Public holiday

2nd day of the Eid al-Adha.

August 1 Saturday Eid al-Adha Day 3 Public holiday

3rd day of the Eid al-Adha.

August 2 Sunday Eid al-Adha Day 4 Public holiday

Extra Public Holiday for the Eid al-Adha.

August 30 Sunday Victory Day Public holiday

Commemoration of the victory at the final battle in Dumlupınar ending the Turkish Independence War in 1922, dedicated to the armed forces.

October 29 Thursday Republic Day Public holiday

Commemoration of the proclamation of the republic in 1923.

November 10 Tuesday Ataturk Memorial Day Observance

Remembrance Day for the Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Founder of Republic of Turkey

December 31 Thursday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Holidays in Turkey in 2020

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Turkey. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Wednesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

April 23 Thursday National Sovereignty and Children's Day Public holiday

Commemoration of the beginning of national liberation movement initiated in 1919 by Atatürk's landing in Samsun. Dedicated to the youth.

May 1 Friday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 19 Tuesday Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day Public holiday

Commemoration of the beginning of national liberation movement initiated in 1919 by Atatürk's landing in Samsun. Dedicated to the youth.

May 25 Monday Eid al-Fitr Public holiday

Important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm).

May 26 Tuesday Eid al-Fitr Day 2 Observance

Second day of the Ramadan Feast falls on the 2nd day of the month of Shawwal according to Islamic calendar.

May 27 Wednesday Eid al-Fitr Day 3 Observance

Third day of the Ramadan Feast.

July 15 Wednesday Democracy and National Unity Day Public holiday

Commemoration of the national unity against the coup d'état attempt for democracy in 2016.

July 30 Thursday Eid al-Adha Public holiday

One of the most important Islamic holidays, it honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of obedience to God's command. Begins on the tenth day of the Islamic month Dhu'l-Hijjah

July 31 Friday Eid al-Adha Day 2 Public holiday

2nd day of the Eid al-Adha.

August 1 Saturday Eid al-Adha Day 3 Public holiday

3rd day of the Eid al-Adha.

August 2 Sunday Eid al-Adha Day 4 Public holiday

Extra Public Holiday for the Eid al-Adha.

August 30 Sunday Victory Day Public holiday

Commemoration of the victory at the final battle in Dumlupınar ending the Turkish Independence War in 1922, dedicated to the armed forces.

October 29 Thursday Republic Day Public holiday

Commemoration of the proclamation of the republic in 1923.

November 10 Tuesday Ataturk Memorial Day Observance

Remembrance Day for the Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Founder of Republic of Turkey

December 31 Thursday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Browse holidays by year and country: