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Dates for your Diary 2016

9th January 2016

Dates for your Diary 2016

There’s certainly a busy year ahead, so you better put these important dates down in your diary.

Children's Day

Date: Saturday April 23rd

Children’s day is a celebration of Turkey’s children and is also a commemorative event to celebrate the life of the founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kermal Ataturk. During the day government offices, schools and many businesses will be closed and a number of children’s festivals are held throughout the country.

The main feature event of the day is when Turkish children take seats in parliament and symbolically govern Turkey for the day. The children even elect a president from amongst their ranks who will address the country on national television.

Labor and Solidarity Day

Date: Sunday May 1st

Labor and solidarity day is celebrated on May 1st every year for people to demand better working conditions for skilled workers. Some people may use the day to hold demonstrations, while others will use the day to spend time with family and friends.

Usually they get together for a picnic or meal of some sort, this is an official holiday with government offices, schools and post offices being closed for the day. 

Youth & Sports Day

Date: Thursday May 19th

The holiday commemorates Mustafa Kemal's landing at Samsun on 19 May 1919, and is celebrated with state ceremonies and sports events, that are held throughout the country. Young athletes will also carry the Turkish flag across the country, from the Black Sea to the capital in commemoration of the Turkish War of Independence.

This is an official holiday with administrative buildings, post offices, schools, and most businesses being closed for the day.


Date: Starts Monday June 6th  

Ramazan is the most important date in Turkish Muslim’s calendars, the holiday lasts around a month and is a time of important religious significance. Ramazan is a time of fasting, prayer and celebration and a time where Muslims examine their lives and remind themselves of virtues like charity and forgiveness.   

Şeker Bayram

Date: Friday July 6th - 9th

Şeker Bayram is the official Turkish holiday that marks the last days of Ramazan, during the three days Muslims will visit relatives and pay their respects to their elders. On the first day people will rise early and have a large breakfast to mark the end of the fasting period. This is an official Turkish holiday so administration buildings, schools and many businesses will be closed. 

Victory Day

Date: Tuesday August 30th

Victory Day commemorates the Turkish victory against Greek forces in the Battle of Dumlupınar that took place in 1922. The day is celebrated with many people attending military parades, which are held in most major cities.

Locals and shops will also usually decorate their homes and business with Turkish flags and images of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, there are also a number of ceremonies held throughout the day to honour and commemorate Atatürk. Victory Day is an official public holiday but most businesses will remain open, while schools and administrative buildings will be closed.

Feast of Sacrifice (KURBAN BAYRAMI)

Date: Sunday September 11th – 14th

The Feast of Sacrifice is a four day religious festival that includes the ritual sacrifice of a ram. The festival is also about visiting family and helping the poor, the festival starts with a special morning prayers service, which also starts the sacrifice ritual.

Following Turkish tradition most families will share two thirds of the animal’s meat with relatives, friends and neighbours and often give the remaining meat to the poor. This is an official four day holiday and many businesses, schools and government offices will be closed.

Republic Day

Date: Saturday October 29th

Republic Day is a celebration that marks the creation of the Turkish Republic, during the day many people attend performances at local stadiums that could be anything from theatre performances, poetry readings and even Turkish dances.

In the evening Turkish cities hold a procession with flags, musical bands and even firework displays after dark. This is an official national holiday in Turkey so many businesses will be closed along with post offices, schools and administrative buildings. 

Ataturk Memorial Day
Date: Thursday November 10th

Ataturk Memorial Day is an annually held event in Turkey, it’s held to commemorate and celebrate the life of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Founder of the Republic of Turkey. Many events are held throughout Turkey and the country holds a moment of silence at 09:05 to mark the time of his death, 

New Year

Date: Sunday January 1st

Sometimes thought of as the Turkish Christmas by expats, New Year’s Day in Turkey usually begins with a celebratory firework display after the countdown. Celebrations can last all day and many people will take January 1st off to relax and get together with friends and family.

In Turkey New Year’s Day is an official public holiday so administrative buildings, schools and post offices are closed. Many other businesses will likely be closed on New Year’s Day as well.

Written by David Varty - YellAli Content Team


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