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Turkey Mulls 2017 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Extension

Source: Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)
Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017


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.

Last year (2016-07-14), the Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, had announced that the upcoming Feast of Sacrifice public holidays of Turkey be extended to last 9 days, by declaring Friday, September 16, 2016, as a non-working public holiday to link the Feast of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha or Kurban Bayrami), non-working public holidays in Turkey, with the following weekend, as was done earlier that same year (2016-06-09), when the government of Turkey extended the 2016 End of Ramadan non-working public holidays in Turkey, by declaring Friday, July 8, 2016, as a non-working public holiday to link them with the preceding weekend.

In the past, the declaration of one-off additional non-working public holidays in Turkey has been rare, though, for the past 2 years, the government of Turkey did extend the Eid al-Adha annual non-working public holidays in Turkey.

In 2014, the government of Turkey declared the morning of Friday, October 3, 2014, as an "administrative holiday" public sector holiday to link the weekend with the 2014 Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) public holiday which was set to begin on the afternoon of Friday, October 3rd (2014-10-01), and in 2015, by declaring September 21-22-23, 2015, as "administrative holiday" public sector holidays 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.

A few years before that (2010-11-12), under similar circumstances, the government of Turkey had also declared the morning of Monday, November 15, 2010, 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 Monday, November 15, 2010.



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