Public holidays in Turkey and how they affect your travels

People who have traveled to Turkey before may be under the impression that nothing is ever closed, especially when visiting during summer. Still, there are religious holidays and public holidays in Turkey that may affect your travels in one way or another. Below you’ll find a list of public holidays in Turkey in 2019. Some of these holidays are on a fixed date every year, others – such as Sugar Feast or Sacrifice Feast – are on a different time each year, following the Islamic Calendar.

 

How to use this calendar with public holidays in Turkey?

You can learn more about each holiday and the effect it may have on your travels by clicking on the name of the holiday. If you are using this calendar on a mobile phone, slide to text to the left to see the duration of each holiday. If you want to know more about traveling to Turkey in Ramadan, we have a dedicated post answering your questions about Ramadan in Turkey.

 

Calendar with public holidays in Turkey 2019

DATEDAYHOLIDAYDURATION
1 Jan '19TueNew Year's Day1 day
23 Apr '19TueNational Sovereignty and Children's Day1 day
1 May '19WedLabor and Solidarity Day1 day
19 May '19SunCommemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day1 day
3 Jun '19MonSugar Feast Eve (*)1/2 Day
4 Jun '19TueSugar Feast (*)1 day
5 Jun '19WedSugar Feast Day 2 (*)1 day
6 Jun '19ThuSugar Feast Day 3 (*)1 day
15 Jul '19MonDemocracy and National Unity Day1 day
10 Aug '19SatSacrifice Feast Eve1/2 Day
11 Aug '19SunSacrifice Feast1 day
12 Aug '19MonSacrifice Feast Day 21 day
13 Aug '19TueSacrifice Feast Day 31 day
14 Aug '19WedSacrifice Feast Day 41 day
30 Aug '19FriVictory Day1 day
29 Oct '19TueRepublic Day1 day
10 Nov '19SunAtatürk Memorial Day9:05 am

(*) Please note that in 2019, Sugar feast holiday has been extended to five full days, starting Monday, June 3rd until Friday, June 7th. Including the weekends before and after those dates, this means Şeker Bayramı will last nine days.

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