2017 Turkish Diary Dates


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Date: February 11th 
EYFO 2017 –  The 13th European Youth Olympic Fesitval takes place over the week in the Eastern City  of Erzurum in the Anotolian region of Turkey, a city with a population of around 400,000. Representatives from 48 countries will take part in the completion, sports ranging from curling to Ice Hockey to Sking.

Date: April 23rd
Children’s Day – A celebration of Turkey’s children and is also a commemorative event to celebrate the life of the founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kermal Ataturk. Offices, schools and many businesses will be closed and a number of children’s festivals will be taking place throughout the country. The days main event is when Turkish children will take seats in parliament and symbolically govern Turkey for the day. The children even elect a president from amongst their ranks who will address the country on national television.

Date: May 1st

Labor and Solidarity Day - This is celebrated every year for people to demand better working conditions for skilled workers. Some people may use the day to hold demonstrations, while others will use the day to spend time with family and friends in which they will usually get together for a picnic or meal of some sort. This is an official holiday with government offices, schools and post offices being closed for the day.

Date: May 19th

Youth & Sports Day – The holiday commemorates Mustafa Kemal’s landing at Samsun on 19 May 1919, and is celebrated with state ceremonies and sports events which will take place throughout the country. Young athletes will also carry the Turkish flag across the country, from the Black Sea to the capital in commemoration of the Turkish War of Independence.This is an official holiday with administrative buildings, post offices, schools, and most businesses being closed for the day.

Date: Starts May 27th   
Ramazan  - This is the most important date in Turkish Muslim’s calendars, the holiday lasts around a month and is a time of important religious significance. Ramazan is a time of fasting, prayer and celebration and a time where Muslims examine their lives and remind themselves of virtues like charity and forgiveness.


Date: June 25th, 26th, & 27th
Şeker Bayram - The official Turkish holiday that marks the last days of Ramazan. During the three days Muslims will visit relatives and pay their respects to their elders. On the first day people will rise early and have a large breakfast to mark the end of the fasting period. This is an official Turkish holiday so administration buildings, schools and many businesses will be closed.

Date: August 30th
Victory Day – Victory Day commemorates the Turkish victory against Greek forces in the Battle of Dumlupınar that took place in 1922. The day is celebrated with many people attending military parades, which will betaking place in most major cities. Locals and shops will also usually decorate their homes and business with Turkish flags and images of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. There are also a number of ceremonies held throughout the day to honour and commemorate Atatürk. Victory Day is an official public holiday but most businesses will remain open, while schools and administrative buildings will be closed.

Date: September 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Feast of Sacrifice (KURBAN BAYRAMI) - The Feast of Sacrifice is a four day religious festival that includes the ritual sacrifice of a ram. The festival is also about visiting family and helping the poor. The festival will begin with a special morning prayer service, which also starts the sacrifice ritual. Following Turkish tradition most families will share two thirds of the animal’s meat with relatives, friends and neighbours and often give the remaining meat to the poor. This is an official four day holiday and many businesses, schools and government offices will be closed.

Date: October 29th
Republic Day – This is a day of celebration that marks the creation of the Turkish Republic. Throughout the day many people will be attending performances at local stadiums that could be anything from theatre performances, poetry readings and even Turkish dances. In the evening Turkish cities hold a procession with flags, musical bands and even firework displays after dark. This is an official national holiday in Turkey so many businesses will be closed along with post offices, schools and administrative buildings.

Date: November 10th
Ataturk Memorial Day - An annually held event in Turkey, which is to commemorate and celebrate the life of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Founder of the Republic of Turkey. Many events are held throughout Turkey and the country holds a moment of silence at 09:05 to mark the time of his death.




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