National / Official Holidays in Turkey:

Apr 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day (anniversary of the establishment of Turkish Grand National Assembly)

May 19 Atatürk Commemoration and Youth & Sports Day (the arrival of Atatürk in Samsun, and the beginning of the War of Independence)

Aug 30 Victory Day (victory over invading forces in 1922)

Oct 29 Republic Day (anniversary of the declaration of the Turkish Republic)

Ramazan Bayramı / Sugar Feast :Three-day festival when sweets are eaten to celebrate the end of the fast of Ramazan. (A Moslem moveable feast) (The dates of these religious festivals change according to the Muslim lunar calendar and thus occur 12 days earlier each year.)

Kurban Bayramı / Slaughter Feast : (A Moslem moveable feast) Four-day festival when sacrificial sheep are slaughtered and their meat distributed amongst the poor, neighbors and within the family