Turkish Almanac for
more detail on weather,
festivals and the significance
of public holidays.
Here's the short list of
Turkish national public holidays when
banks, offices and businesses are closed and traffic
January 1: New Year's
April 23: National
Sovereignty & Children's Day
May 1: Labor and Solidarity Day
May 19: Atatürk Commemoration, Youth & Sports
July 15: Democracy & National Unity Day
August 30: Victory
October 28-29: Republic
Two Islamic religious festivals are also important national holidays in Turkey: Ramazan Bayramı following the holy month of Ramazan; and Kurban
Bayramı. Both of these holidays are celebrated according to the traditional Islamic Hijri lunar calendar, so their Common Era calendar dates change each year. More...
Holiday Hours of Operation
Government and business offices close on national civil (that is, non-religious) holidays, but museums, archeological sites and most other sites of interest to foreign visitors remain open during their regular hours.
The exception is the two major Islamic holidays, Ramazan Bayramı and Kurban
Bayramı. On the first day of these holidays, museums are closed for the morning, but they open after lunch. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan