Turkey Public Holidays List for 2023

29 Mar 2023

New Year's Day - January 1, 2023

This is a global holiday celebrated on the first day of the new year, marking the beginning of the Gregorian calendar.

Eid al-Fitr - April 21, 2023 – April 23, 2023

This is a religious holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims.

National Sovereignty and Children's Day - April 23, 2023:

Public holiday in Turkey commemorating the foundation of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, on 23 April 1920.

Labor and Solidarity Day - May 1, 2023

This day celebrates the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence and the role of young people in shaping Turkey’s future.

Youth and Sports Day - May 19, 2023

Turkish is the official language in Turkey, but many people in Istanbul also speak English, especially in tourist areas. However, it’s always helpful to learn a few basic Turkish phrases such as “Merhaba” (hello) and “Teşekkür ederim” (thank you).

Sacrifice Holiday (Eid al-Adha) Jun 29, 2023 – Sun, Jul 2, 2023

This is an Islamic holiday that honors the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. It is also a time when Muslims worldwide perform the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Democracy and National Unity Day (July 15 Democracy and National Unity Day) - July 15, 2023

This day commemorates the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016, and celebrates the unity and democracy of the Turkish people in resisting the coup. It was established as a national holiday in 2017.

Victory Day (30 Ağustos Zafer Bayramı) - August 30, 2023

This day commemorates Turkey’s victory over Greece in the Battle of Dumlupınar in 1922, which marked the end of the Turkish War of Independence.

Republic Day - October 29, 2023

This day commemorates the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 and the adoption of the country’s first constitution.