Turkish National and Religious Holidays

Like most countries, Turkey’s calendar is punctuated by a number of national holidays and religious festivals. At these times, the whole nation celebrates, and many people travel to spend time with friends and family.

Needless to say, this puts additional strain on the transport infrastructure. So, you’d be well-advised to plan your travel around these holiday periods, if you can.

The most extreme congestion (and sometimes travel chaos) typically occurs during the few days either side of the two main Islamic feast holidays, Ramazan Bayrami and Kurban Bayrami. Their dates follow the lunar calendar and thus shift by around 10 days each year (see below).

Additionally, there are six days of national holidays each year, which can also be subject to travel complications:

 

2016 Holidays Dates
New Year’s Day 01 January
National Sovereignty Day 23 April
Labour Day 01 May
Ataturk Day 19 May
Ramazan Bayrami 05-07 July (forecast)
Victory Day 30 August
Kurban Bayrami 12-15 September (forecast)
Republic Day 29 October

 

2017 Holidays Dates
New Year’s Day 01 January
National Sovereignty Day 23 April
Labour Day 01 May
Ataturk Day 19 May
Ramazan Bayrami 25-27 June (forecast)
Victory Day 30 August
Kurban Bayrami 01-04 September (forecast)
Republic Day 29 October

 

2018 Holidays Dates
New Year’s Day 01 January
National Sovereignty Day 23 April
Labour Day 01 May
Ataturk Day 19 May
Ramazan Bayrami 15-17 June (forecast)
Kurban Bayrami 21-24 September (forecast)
Victory Day 30 August
Republic Day 29 October