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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Turkey public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of April 2019, and covering calendar year 2022 Turkey public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Turkey public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Apr
  • 28
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  • Turkey Extends 2019 End of Ramadan Public Holidays

    Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul) - The Turkish cabinet has decided to extend the upcoming Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) 2019 public holidays of Turkey to last 9 days.
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2018

  • May
  • 21
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  • Turkey Amends 2019, 2021 and 2022 Public Holidays

    Din Hizmetleri Genel Müdürlüğü - Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı Müdürlükler (Istanbul) - Turkey's General Directorate of Religious Services, in conjunction with the Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey, have announced amendments to the previously-released list of public holidays in Turkey for the years 2019, 2021 and 2022.
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2017

  • Sep
  • 30
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  • Turkey Amends 2022 Public Holidays

    Din Hizmetleri Genel Müdürlüğü - Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı Müdürlükler (Istanbul) - Turkey's General Directorate of Religious Services, in conjunction with the Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey, have announced amendments to the previously-released list of public holidays in Turkey for the year 2022.
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  • Sep
  • 15
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  • Turkey Amends 2019 Public Holidays

    Din Hizmetleri Genel Müdürlüğü - Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı Müdürlükler (Istanbul) - Turkey's General Directorate of Religious Services, in conjunction with the Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey, have announced amendments to the previously-released list of public holidays in Turkey for the year 2019.
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  • Aug
  • 15
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  • Turkey Extends 2017 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays

    Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul) - Following today's cabinet meeting, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman, Bekir Bozdag, announced that the Turkish cabinet had decided to extend the upcoming Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) public holidays of Turkey in 2017 to last 10 days.
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  • Aug
  • 13
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  • Turkey 2017 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Extension Update

    Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced that the decision to extend, or not, the upcoming Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) public holidays of Turkey, as was done last year, would be taken at, and announced immediately after, the upcoming cabinet meeting of Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
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  • Aug
  • 8
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  • Turkey Mulls 2017 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Extension

    Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul) - After a 2017 End of Ramadan which covered 2 weekend days, the tourism industry of Turkey is calling on the government of Turkey to extend the upcoming Feast of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha, in Arabic, or Kurban Bayrami, in Turkish) non-working public holidays in Turkey, as was done in recent years.
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  • Jul
  • 3
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  • 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.
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2016

  • Oct
  • 25
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  • 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.
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  • Sep
  • 30
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  • 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").
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  • Aug
  • 27
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  • 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.
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  • Jul
  • 14
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  • 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.
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  • Jun
  • 9
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  • 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.
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2015

  • Oct
  • 24
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  • Turkey Public Holiday October 30

    Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul) - Turkey's Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, 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.
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  • Sep
  • 16
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  • 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.
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2014

  • Oct
  • 1
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  • 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.
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2013

  • Mar
  • 21
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  • 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.
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2012

  • May
  • 3
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  • Turkey Changes Public Holidays Observance

    Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul) - A national holidays circular, jointly prepared by the Prime Ministry, General Staff and the ministries of education, culture and tourism, and youth and sports, has been approved by Turkey's president, following the recent review of the extent of the celebrations linked to most of Turkey's national public holidays.
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  • Jan
  • 16
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  • Turkey Tones-Down Public Holidays

    Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul) - The government of Turkey has announced that it plans to review and tone-down the extent of the celebrations linked to most of Turkey's national public holidays.
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2010

  • Nov
  • 12
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  • Turkey Declares November 15 Public Holiday

    Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul) - The government of Turkey has declared the morning of Monday, November 15, 2010, as an "administrative holiday" public sector holiday to link the weekend with the Feast of the Sacrifice public holiday which will begin on the afternoon of Monday, November 15, 2010.
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  • Mar
  • 23
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  • Turkey Nevruz Public Holiday Update

    Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul) - At Sunday's open air celebration of Nevruz at Kazliçesme in Istanbul's Zeytinburnu district, Siirt BDP Deputy Osman Özçelik, repeated the call for March 21 be declared an annual official non-working public holiday in Turkey.
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2009

  • Oct
  • 24
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  • Turkey Declares October 30 School Closure

    Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul) - The governor of Turkey's capital, Istanbul, Muammer Güler, announced yesterday that schools in Istanbul would be closed on Friday, October 30, 2009 to disinfect the buildings, in the face of the rapidly spreading H1N1 influenza.
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  • Aug
  • 27
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  • Turkey Considering Nevruz Public Holiday Again

    Anadolu Ajansi (Ankara) - The government of Turkey released yesterday the outlines of its "Kurdish Peace Roadmap" which, amongst other things, proposes the addition of Nevruz as a public holiday similar to the May 1st public holiday, added last year.
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  • Apr
  • 24
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  • Turkey's Parliament Rejects Novruz Public Holiday Bill

    Today's Zaman (Ankara) - As a postlude to Wednesday's Parliamentary vote on a bill restoring May 1st as an official public holiday, it was announced that Parliament had rejected the bill that would have established Nevruz, the Kurdish new year celebration on March 21, as an official public holiday.
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  • Apr
  • 23
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  • Turkey Officially Approves And Names May 1 Public Holiday

    World Bulletin (Ankara) - Turkey's parliament has approved the bill declaring May 1st an annual public holiday, effective starting in 2009, and giving it the official name "Labor and Solidarity Day".
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  • Apr
  • 9
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  • Turkey Finally Declares May 1st Public Holiday

    Bia News Centre (Istanbul) - This morning's newspapers report that Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has ordered the Minister of Employment and Social Security, Faruk Çelik, to announce May 1st as a public holiday.
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  • Mar
  • 8
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  • Turkey Labor Day Public Holiday Update

    Hürriyet (Ankara) - Turkey's Labor and Social Security Minister, Faruk Çelik, has announced that a proposal to declare May 1st as an official public holiday would occur after the March 29 local elections.
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  • Mar
  • 4
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  • Turkey To Vote On 2 New Public Holidays

    Hurriyet (Istanbul) - Earlier today, Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), introduced a bill to parliament that would create 2 new public holidays; Novruz (Persian New Year) and May Day.
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2008

  • May
  • 1
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  • Turkey Declares May 1st De Facto Public Holiday In Istanbul

    Hürriyet (Istanbul) - The Governor of Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, has declared a de facto public holiday for today, May 1st, 2008, as the city braces for an unauthorized march by labour unions in the Taksm area of central Istanbul.
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  • Apr
  • 21
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  • Turkey's May Day Will Not Be A Public Holiday

    PR-Inside - Turkey's government says it will again commemorate workers' day on May 1, starting in 2008, after a 28 year hiatus, but government spokesman Cemil Cicek says May Day will not be a public holiday.
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  • Apr
  • 19
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  • Turkey's Parliament Considers Reinstating May 1st Public Holiday

    Zaman - AK Party deputy, Agah Kafkas, has submitted to Parliament a proposal for May 1 to be restored as a public holiday in Turkey, to be celebrated as the Day of Unity and Solidarity.
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  • Mar
  • 20
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  • Turkey's Parliament Considering Making Nevruz A National Holiday

    Turkish Daily News - Turkey's Parliament decided to discuss a draft bill that will make the traditional Nevruz festival celebrated, by the Kurds of Turkey, on March 21, a national public holiday.
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2007

  • Jun
  • 27
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  • Turkey Confirms June 27 Heat Wave Public Holiday

    NTV-MSNBC - The special public holiday of today, due to the heat wave, has been confirmed.
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  • Jun
  • 26
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  • Turkey Considering Public Holiday On June 27 Due To Heat Wave

    Anadolu Ajansi (Ankara) - The government is considering calling a national holiday for tomorrow, Wednesday, June 27, 2007, due to the recent heat wave which is expected to culminate tomorrow, before reverting back to normal seasonal temperatures.
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2006

  • Oct
  • 23
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  • Turkey Public Holidays News Update

    Istanbul Stock Exchange - All financial institutions will be closed from October 23 to October 25, 2006, inclusive.
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1999

  • Dec
  • 6
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  • Turkey Y2K Bank Holiday December 31

    Hürriyet (Istanbul) - Turkey's government has declared Friday, December 31, 1999, as a one-off bank holiday in Turkey on account of the upcoming Y2K transition.
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  • Mar
  • 25
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  • Turkey Kurban Bayramy Public Holidays March 28-31

    Hürriyet (Istanbul) - Turkey's government has announced that Sunday to Wednesday, March 28-31, 1999, had been declared as the dates of the upcoming Kurban Bayramy (Feast of Sacrifice) public holidays in Turkey.
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See also: Turkey bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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