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A preview of the Turkey bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2021, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Turkey Public Holidays in 2021 Observance*
Jan.    Fri New Year's Day
Apr.    Fri National Sovereignty and Children's Day
May     Sat Labor and Solidarity Day
        Wed Ramazan Bayramy Eve Afternoon
        Thu Ramazan Bayramy (End of Ramadan)
        Fri Ramazan Bayramy Holiday
        Sat Ramazan Bayramy Holiday
        Wed Ataturk Memorial, Youth and Sports Day
July    Thu Day of Democracy and Freedoms
        Mon Kurban Bayramy Eve Afternoon
        Tue Kurban Bayramy (Feast of Sacrifice)
        Wed Kurban Bayramy Holiday
        Thu Kurban Bayramy Holiday
        Fri Kurban Bayramy Holiday
Aug.    Mon Victory Day
Oct.    Thu Republic Day Eve Afternoon
        Fri Republic Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

03 Jul 2017 Turkey July 15 Public Holiday Confirmed (Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) Turkey's official government website has added the new July 15 "National Day Of Democracy And The Union" to its list of official non-working public holidays in Turkey for the years 2017-2022.  25 Oct 2016 Turkey July 15 Public Holiday Official (Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) Turkey's Parliament has unanimously passed a bill to declare July 15 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Turkey, named Democracy and National Solidarity Day, beginning next year, to mark the anniversary of this past summer’s attempted coup.  30 Sep 2016 Turkey Adds July 15 Public Holiday (Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has announced that, from next year onward, July 15 would be observed as a non-working public holiday in Turkey to recall the aborted coup of last summer ("Every July 15 will be marked as a public holiday to commemorate our martyrs and veterans").  27 Aug 2016 Turkey 2016 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Confirmed (Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) The Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, has issued an official communiqué confirming last month's announcement that the upcoming Feast of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha, in Arabic, or Kurban Bayrami, in Turkish) non-working public holidays in Turkey, would be extended to last 9 days as were the recent End of Ramadan non-working public holidays in Turkey.  14 Jul 2016 Turkey Extends 2016 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays (Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) The Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, has announced that the upcoming Feast of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha, in Arabic, or Kurban Bayrami, in Turkish), would also be extended to last 9 days as was the recent End of Ramadan non-working public holidays in Turkey, which were extended to 9 days of non-working public holidays in Turkey, by declaring Friday, July 8, 2016, as a non-working public holiday to link the recent Ramazan Bayram (End of Ramadan) Turkish public holidays with the following weekend.  09 Jun 2016 Turkey Extends 2016 Ramadan Public Holidays (Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) The government of Turkey has decided to extend the upcoming End of Ramadan non-working public holidays in Turkey, by declaring Friday, July 8, 2016, as a non-working public holiday to link the upcoming Ramazan Bayram (End of Ramadan) Turkish public holidays with the preceding weekend.  24 Oct 2015 Turkey Public Holiday October 30 (Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) Turkey's Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, has signed a decree declaring an additional non-working public sector holidays in Turkey, on Friday, October 30, 2015, as an "administrative holiday" public sector holiday to link the October 29 Republic Day public holiday with the following weekend and the November 1st elections.  16 Sep 2015 Turkey Extends 2015 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays (Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) The government of Turkey has once again decided to extend the Eid al-Adha annual non-working public holidays in Turkey, by declaring September 21-22-23, 2015, as "administrative holiday" public sector holiday to link the weekend with the upcoming Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) public holiday which was set to begin on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 23, 2015.  01 Oct 2014 Turkey Extends 2014 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays (Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) The government of Turkey has declared the morning of Friday, October 3, 2014, as an "administrative holiday" public sector holiday to link the weekend with the upcoming Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) public holiday which was set to begin on the afternoon of Friday, October 3, 2014.  21 Mar 2013 Turkey Nevruz Public Holiday Update 2013 (Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister, Bülent Arinç, has raised hopes that Nevruz would soon be declared a non-working public holiday in Turkey, when he noted yesterday that Nevruz is "not yet an official holiday" in Turkey.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Turkey public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: The list and dates of the official public holidays in Turkey are regulated by by Act 2429 of March 19, 1981 that replaced Act 2739 of May 27, 1935.  Muslim Holidays: The Islamic calendar used in Turkey is based (partially) on the results of the Conference for Determining the beginnings of Lunar Months which was held in Istanbul, on 28 November 1978, and which set forth 3 astronomical criteria for the prediction of lunar visibility: • sunset should occur after conjunction (ie. the New Moon), • an angular distance between the moon and the sun of at least 8 degrees, and • an angular distance of the moon from the horizon that should not be less than 5 degrees. In principle, these criteria were to be used by all the following countries, Bangladesh, Algeria, Indonesia, Iraq, Katar, Kuwait, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, but, in practice, nowadays, only Turkey and some Balkan countries follow these criteria.  Turkey International Codes TR and TUR (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .tr (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Turkey information and news: Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (Turkey central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Turkey maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Turkey), and Wikipedia (includes Turkey commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Turkey, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Turkey that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays, for Turkey, were calculated using the Diyanet Isleri Baskanligi (DIB) lunar visibility criteria. For Salat (prayer times) calculations, see our Freeware page.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2021 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Turkey, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Turkey, before planning any trip to Turkey. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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