Public Holidays In Turkey 2024 | National Holidays List | Religious Holidays

In this article, I will share a list of the public and national holidays in Turkey in 2024, including all the official holidays, national days and religious holidays.

During these national holidays, the majority of government institutions and businesses throughout Turkey, including those in Istanbul, typically are not working.

Public Holidays In Turkey 2024

List of public and national holidays in Turkey in 2024

  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • April 9: Eve of Ramadan Feast (Eid al-Fitr)
  • April 10: Ramadan Feast Day 1
  • April 11: Ramadan Feast Day 2
  • April 12: Ramadan Feast Day 3
  • April 23: National Sovereignty and Children’s Day
  • May 1: Labor and Solidarity Day
  • May 19: Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day
  • June 15: Eve of the Sacrifice Feast (Eid al-Adha)
  • June 16: Sacrifice Feast Day 1
  • June 17: Sacrifice Feast Day 2
  • June 18: Sacrifice Feast Day 3
  • June 19: Sacrifice Feast Day 4
  • July 15: Democracy and National Unity Day
  • August 30: Victory Day
  • October 28: Eve of Republic Day
  • October 29: Republic Day
  • December 31: New Year’s Eve

How many public holidays will be in Turkey in 2024?

In 2024, Turkey will observe sixteen public holidays, a diverse set of dates that reflect the nation’s secular and religious heritage, as well as significant moments in Turkey’s modern history. The festivities commence with New Year’s Day, on January 1st, marking the first calendar holiday of the year.

Celebrated twice during the year, the Eid festivals (known as Ramadan Feast and Sacrifice Feast in Turkey) have deep religious significance in Islamic culture. The Eid al-Fitr (Ramazan Bayramı) follows the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, and is observed as a three-day public holiday, starting on April 10th and concluding on April 12th. Meanwhile, Eid al-Adha (Kurban Bayramı), spans four days from June 16th to June 19th, commemorating the sacrificial willingness of Abraham.

Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı (National Sovereignty and Children’s Day) on April 23rd, Emek ve Dayanışma Günü (Labor and Solidarity Day) on May 1st, Atatürk’ü Anma, Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı (Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day) on May 19th, and Demokrasi ve Millî Birlik Günü (Democracy and National Unity Day) on July 15th emphasize Turkey’s focus on sovereignty, labor rights, youth development, and democracy.

Turkey’s victory in the War of Independence is commemorated with Zafer Bayramı (Victory Day) on August 30th, while the proclamation of the Republic is celebrated with Cumhuriyet Bayramı (Republic Day) on October 29th.

The year concludes with another observance of New Year’s Eve on December 31st. Notably, most of these holidays are static, occurring on the same day each year, except for the religious holidays that follow the lunar-based Islamic calendar and consequently shift annually.

Abdullah Habib
Abdullah Habib

Merhaba! I'm Abdullah Habib. In this article, I share the essence of my 7-year journey in Turkey - as an expat and foreign student. With a heart full of stories and a mind rich with insights from my experiences, I've written this piece just for you. So, without further ado, sit back, relax, and enjoy the read!

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