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Turkey Changes Public Holidays Observance

Source: Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)
Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012


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.

Earlier this year (2012-01-16), the government of Turkey had announced that it planned to review and tone-down the extent of the celebrations linked to most of Turkey's national public holidays, as the pageantry associated with the celebrations linked to many of Turkey's non-religious national public holidays, dates back from 1981, after that year's military coup.

The aforementioned decree follows a recent ruling by the Council of State that stayed a prime ministerial decree that forbade the celebration of the May 19 annual public holiday ceremonies in stadiums. As per today's decree, the celebration of national public holidays (April 23, May 19, August 30 and October 29) will no longer be held in stadiums but in city squares to encourage the public's participation.

Note that Education Minister, Ömer Dinçer, has confirmed that the recently-reinstated May 1st public holiday (2009-04-09) is not covered by the present decree.



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