New Year in Turkey

Will you be celebrating the New Year in Turkey and are you wondering what to expect? New Year’s Day is a public holiday in Turkey which means schools and administrations are closed. You will find a lot of shops closed as well, but ancient sites, national parks or museums are open and may even be more busy than usual.

How is New Year in Turkey celebrated?

The new year is celebrated in Turkey, the way it is in most countries, with elaborate celebrations on New Year’s Eve, including fireworks and a countdown. Turks spend time with family around a New Year’s tree (known in western countries as a Christmas tree), or go out and party the night away. Like in other countries, people like to gather in big city squares to celebrate together. New Year in Turkey is a time of celebrating life, exchanging gifts, dressing up, and partying.

Weird Turkish New Year’s traditions

New Year in Turkey may be celebrated the way it is almost everywhere else in the world; there are of course a few eccentric traditions that are unique (or nearly unique) to the country. And yes, we’ve participated in them, or at least some of them.

Smashing a pomegranate at midnight is said to bring prosperity and health for the coming year. We can testify to the fact that it definitely brings a lot of pomegranate seeds onto the streets and pavements.

Wearing red underwear at midnight is also supposed to bring you enough luck to last a year. At least this one keeps the streets clean!

Throwing salt on your doorstep at midnight is the last method to call for good fortune in the coming year. We have to admit, this one is too easy not to try it.

So, remember this, when packing for Turkey and traveling during the New Year festivities, bring your red undies.

Smashing A Pomegranate At Midnight As A New Years' Tradition In Turkey

Smashing A Pomegranate At Midnight As A New Years’ Tradition In Turkey

Will celebrating New Year in Turkey affect your travels?

In short? Hardly. Just check up front which museums are closed and for how long and double check any public transport timetables if you are relying on that, and you’ll be fine. If New Year in Turkey will affect your travels, it will only be in a positive way, as you’ll get to participate in the celebrations, getting an extra taste of what Turkish hospitality is all about. Bear in mind that traffic may peak late afternoon on New Year’s day when people are returning home from visiting family. Don’t forget to check out our calendar with religious and public holidays in Turkey to see if there are any other holidays during your travels.

We’re all different people, so checking reviews on TripAdvisor is always a good idea! Just know we’ve visited each place personally and all photos are our own. So, basically, what you see is what you get. If you have any questions about a place, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

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You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. That’s when Get Your Guide comes in handy. They offer plenty of activities and sightseeing tours that you can pre-book online.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

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We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

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When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

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Never wonder about the weather in Turkey again. The Turkish climate is as diverse as the country with significant differences between the regions.

This page contains the current weather and weather statistics for all regions in Turkey.

Prepare your trip

How to order a tourist visa for Turkey?

What about public transport?
Can you skip the line at Istanbul Airports?

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