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Turkey Nevruz Public Holiday Update 2013

Source: Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)
Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013

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.

Over the years (2008-03-20, 2009-03-04, 2009-04-24, 2009-08-27 and 2010-03-23) many attempts have been made to have March 21st declared an official public holiday in Turkey.

Often the draft bills to make March 21st an official public holiday in Turkey were tied-in to the call to restore the May 1st public holiday, observed as the "Spring Day" public holiday from 1935 to 1980. But the link to the more generally supported call for a May 1st public holiday was lost when Turkey's parliament approved May 1st an annual public holiday, effective starting in 2009, and giving it the official name "Labor and Solidarity Day" (2009-04-23).

Note that the last attempt at passing legislation declaring March 21st as an official non-working public holiday in Turkey suffered a humiliating blow as 75 Kurdish deputies actually voted against the motion (2009-04-24).

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