2024 Special Days, Important Days and Weeks in Turkey (Public Holidays, Religious Days, Celebrations and Commemorations)

2024 Important Days of the year, Turkey’s Public Holidays, Religious Holidays, a complete list of National and Special Days. Make your plans in advance with the most up-to-date and detailed information, do not miss special days.

2024 Public Holidays

List of Turkish Public Holidays for 2024

January

New Year’s Day 1 January 2024 Monday

April

Eid al-Fitr Eve 9 April 2024 Tuesday On the eve of Eid al-Fitr, only the afternoon is a holiday.
Eid al-Fitr 1st day 10 April 2024 Wednesday
Eid al-Fitr 2nd day 11 April 2024 Thursday
Eid al-Fitr 3rd day 12 April 2024 Friday
National Sovereignty and Children’s Day 23 April 2024 Tuesday

May

Labour and Solidarity Day 1 May 2024 Wednesday
Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day 19 May 2024 Sunday

June

Eid al-Adha Eve 15 June 2024 Saturday On the eve of Eid al-Adha, only the afternoon is a holiday.
Eid al-Adha 1st day Sunday 16 June 2024
Eid al-Adha 2nd day 17 June 2024 Monday
Eid al-Adha 3rd day Tuesday 18 June 2024
Eid al-Adha 4th day 19 June 2024 Wednesday

July

Democracy and National Unity Day 15 July 2024 Monday

August

Victory Day 30 August 2024 Friday

October

Republic Day Eve Monday 28 October 2024
Republic Day 29 October 2024 Tuesday
2024 Religious Days

Gregorian and Hijri dates of religious days for the year 2024.

January

Regaib Kandili – 11 January 2024 Thursday – 29 Jemaziye’l-Ahir 1445
Beginning of the Three Months – Friday 12 January 2024 – 01 Rajab 1445

February

Miraj Kandil – Tuesday 06 February 2024 – 26 Rajab 1445
Beginning of the month of Sha’ban – Sunday 11 February 2024 – 01 Sha’ban 1445
Berat Kandili – Saturday 24 February 2024 – 14 Sha’ban 1445

Mart

Start of Ramadan – Monday 11 March 2024 – 01 Ramadan 1445

April

Laylat al-Qadr – Friday 05 April 2024 – 26 Ramadan 1445
Eid al-Fitr Arafah – Tuesday 09 April 2024 – 30 Ramadan 1445
Eid al-Fitr (Day 1) – Wednesday 10 April 2024 – 01 Shawwal 1445
Eid al-Fitr (2nd day) – Thursday 11 April 2024 – 02 Shawwal 1445
Eid al-Fitr (3rd day) – Friday 12 April 2024 – 03 Shawwal 1445

May

Beginning of the month of Zilkade (zulka’de, zilki’de) – 09 May 2024 Thursday – 01 Zilkade 1445

June

Beginning of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah – Friday 07 June 2024 – 01 Dhu al-Hijjah 1445
Eid al-Adha Arafah – Saturday 15 June 2024 – 09 Dhu al-Hijjah 1445
Eid al-Adha (Day 1) – Sunday 16 June 2024 – 10 Dhu al-Hijjah 1445
Eid al-Adha (2nd day) – Monday 17 June 2024 – 11 Dhu al-Hijjah 1445
Eid al-Adha (3rd day) – Tuesday 18 June 2024 – 12 Dhu al-Hijjah 1445
Eid al-Adha (4th day) – Wednesday 19 June 2024 – 13 Dhu al-Hijjah 1445

July

Hijri New Year – Sunday 07 July 2024 – 01 Muharram 1446
Ashura Day – Tuesday 16 July 2024 – 10 Muharram 1446

August

Beginning of the month of Safar – Monday 05 August 2024 – 01 Safar 1446

September

Beginning of the month of Rabi al-Fitr – Wednesday 04 September 2024 – 01 Rabi al-Fitr 1446
Mawlid Qandil – Saturday 14 September 2024 – 11 Rabi al-Fitr 1446

October

Beginning of the month of Rabiulahir – Friday 04 October 2024 – 01 Rabiulahir 1446

November

Beginning of the month of Jumaz al-Awwal – Sunday 03 November 2024 – 01 Jumaz al-Awwal 1446

December

Beginning of the month of Jamaz al-Akhir – Monday 02 December 2024 – 01 Jamaz al-Akhir 1446

By looking at this list, you can easily see the religious days and dates in 2024. However, I would like to remind you that these dates are subject to change as the Islamic calendar is based on observations.

2024 Important Days and Weeks

January

1 January: New Year’s Day
1st week of January: Tuberculosis Education Week
2nd week of January: Energy Saving Week
07-13 January: White Cane (Blind) Week
10 January: Working Journalists’ Day
25-31 January: World Leprosy Day (25) and Week
26 January: World Customs Day
27 January: Ottoman Week

February

28 February: Civil Defence Day

Mart

01-07 March: Green Crescent Week
6 March: Rule of Law Day
8 March: International Women’s Day
12 March: Adoption of the National Anthem
14 March: Medical Day
15 March: World Consumer Rights Day
18 March: Çanakkale Sea Victory Remembrance Day
18-24 March: International Day of Older Persons (18) and Older Persons Week
19 March: Turkish World Film Day
21 March: Nowruz, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
2nd week of March: World Forestry Day (21) and Week
22 March: World Water Day
23 March: World Meteorological Day
25-31 March: Heart Week
27 March: World Theatre Day
Week ending with the last Monday in March: Tax Week
Last Week of March: Library Week

April

01-07 April: World Cancer Day (4) and Week
04-10 April: Police Day (10) and Week
5 April: Lawyers’ Day
07-13 April: World Health Day (7) and Turkey Health Week
9 April: Mimar Sinan and Architects Day
10 April: Police Day
15 April: Growth Monitoring Day
15-21 April: Malazgirt Week, World Tourism Day and Week
16-26 April: TRT International 23 April Children’s Festival
14-20 April: Holy Birth Week
20-26 April: Midwives Week
22 April: Earth Day
23 April: National Sovereignty and Children’s Day
22-28 April: No TV Week
25 April: Land Martyrs’ Remembrance Day
29 April: World Dance (Ballet) Day

May

1 May: Spring Festival, Workers’ Day, Day of Unity, Solidarity and Struggle of the Working Class, World Workers’ Day
01-07 May: Yunus Emre Culture and Art Week
1 May: Traffic Safety and Education Week
3 May: International Free Press Day, Turkism Day
04-10 May: Occupational Health and Safety Week
4 May: Turkish Notaries’ Day
5 May: Hıdrellez
6 May: Family Week
06-12 May: Blood Week
9 May Turkish Statistics Day
2nd Sunday in May: Mother’s Day
10-16 May: World Disability Week
10 May: World Disability Day
11 May: Day of the Blind
12 May: Day of the Hearing and Speech Impaired
13 May: Physical (Orthopedic) Disabled Day, Turkish Language Day
14 May: World Pharmacy Day, World Farmers’ Day, Intellectual and Mental Disabilities Day
15 May: World Family Day and Week, Day of the Weak, Elderly and Children in Need of Protection
16 May: Day of General Problems of the Disabled
10-16 May: Council of State and Administrative Judiciary Week
12-18 May: World Nurses Day and Week
15-21 May: Air Martyrs’ Remembrance Day and Aviation Week
18-24 May: Museum Week
19 May: Commemoration of Atatürk and Youth and Sports Day
19-25 May: Youth Week
20-26 May: Employment Week
21 May: World Milk Day
24-30 May: Compassion for Street Children Week
28 May: Week for the Protection of Historical Turkish Houses
29 May: Conquest of Istanbul Festivities (1453)
31 May: World No Smoking Day, World Mental Health Day

June

1 June: Foundation Day of the Turkish Air Force (1911)
2 June (Monday): World Environment Protection Day and Week
Third Sunday in June: World Father’s Day
Sunday following 11 June: Land Day Law
15 June: Mother-in-law Day
26 June: International Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking and Military Academy Day
30 June: Pensioners’ Week

July

1 July: Cabotage and Sea Day, World Architecture Day
01-07 July: International Nasreddin Hodja Festivities
1 July (Saturday): International Co-operative Day
10 July: World Law Day
11 July: World Population Day
15 July: Democracy and National Unity Day
24 July: The Day of Removal of Censorship from the Turkish Press and Journalists’ (Press) Day

August

16 August: First Day of Turkish Conquest in Anatolia and Haci Bektasi Veli Commemoration Day and Week (16-23 August)
17-25 August: Ibn Sīnā Week
26-30 August: Victory Week and Disabled Veterans Week
26 August: Malazgirt Victory Day
30 August: Victory Day, Turkish Armed Forces Day

September

2 September: World Peace Day
8 September: World Reading Day
3rd week of September: Primary Education Week
13 September: Hunters’ Day
Last Week of September: Inventors and Researchers Week
Week covering 19 September: Martyrs and Veterans Day and Week
25 September: Fire Prevention Week
26 September: Language Day
27 September: Naval Forces Day – Victory of Preveza and Barbarossa Day

October

1st Monday of October: World Children’s Day
1st week of October: Week of Mosques
2nd week of October: Family Week
4 October: World Animal Protection Day
5 October: World Teachers’ Day
09-16 October: World Food Day (16) and Nutrition and Food Waste Prevention Week
9 October: World Post Day
13 October: Ankara’s Becoming the Capital
14-20 October: World Standards Day (15) and Turkish Standards Week
21 October: Journalists’ Day
23-30 October: PTT Week
24 October: United Nations Day
29 October: Republic Day and Red Crescent Week

November

31 October: World Savings Day
1 November: Adoption of Turkish Letters
4 November: UNESCO Day
6 November: World Urbanisation Day
9 November: Organ Transplant Week
Week covering 10 November: Atatürk Remembrance Day (10) and Week
2nd week of November: World Quality Week
15 November: Cyprus Landings
17 November: National Reforestation Day
20 November: Child Rights Day
3rd week of November: Stop Smoking Week
24 November: Teachers’ Day
25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

December

1 December: World AIDS Day
2 December: International Computer Science Education Week (First full week)
3 December: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
4 December: Miners’ Day
5 December: International Women’s Rights Day and Farewell to Women’s Rights and Suffrage
7 December: Civil Aviation Day
10 December: Human Rights Day
13 December: Turkish Language Day and World Tea Day
14 December: Energy Saving Week (14-20 December)
Monday 3rd December: World Human Solidarity Day
31 December: World Solidarity Day

In 2024 you need to take 44 days off for holidays

April

Monday 8 April 2024
12 April 2024 Friday
Monday 22 April 2024

May

2 May 2024 Thursday
Friday 3 May 2024
Monday 17 May 2024

June

19 June 2024 Wednesday
20 June 2024 Thursday
21 June 2024 Friday

July

Friday 12 July 2024

August

29 August 2024 Thursday

October

Monday 28 October 2024
Ministry of National Education Education Institutions Specific Days and Weeks Schedule

January

Energy Saving Week (2nd week of January)

February

Tax Week (last week of February)

March

Green Crescent Week (the week commencing on 1 March)
Entrepreneurship Week (first week of March)
International Women’s Day (8 March)
Science and Technology Week (8-14 March)
Adoption of the National Anthem and Commemoration Day of Mehmet Akif Ersoy (12 March)
Consumer Protection Week (15-21 March)
Martyrs’ Day (18 March)
Elderly Week (18-24 March)
Turkic World and Communities Week (the week including 21 March Nowruz)
Forest Week (21-26 March)
World Water Day (22 March)
World Theatre Day (27 March)
Libraries Week (the week including the last Monday of March)

April

Cancer Week (1 – 7 April)
World Autism Awareness Day (2 April)
Personal Data Protection Day (7 April)
World Health Day/World Health Week (7-13 April)
Tourism Week (15-22 April)
National Sovereignty and Children’s Day (23 April)
World Intellectual Property Day (26 April)
Kût ul Amâre Victory (29 April)

May

Informatics Week (first week of May)
Traffic and First Aid Week (first week of May)
Occupational Health and Safety Week (4-10 May)
Foundations Week (2nd week of May)
Mother’s Day (2nd Sunday in May)
Disability Week (10-16 May)
Museum Week (18-24 May)
Commemoration of Atatürk and Youth and Sports Day (19 May)
Ethics Day (25 May)
Conquest of Istanbul (29 May)

June

Lifelong Learning Week (first week of June)
Environment and Climate Change Week (2nd week of June)
Father’s Day (3rd Sunday of June)

July

15 July Democracy and National Unity Day
Victory Day (30 August)

September

International Clean Air Day (7 September)
World First Aid Day (second Saturday in September)
Primary Education Week (3rd week of September)
Students’ Day (last day of Primary Education Week)
Veterans Day (19 September)
World School Milk Day (28 September)

October

Dyslexia Week (first week of October)
World Dyslexia Day (Thursday of the first week of October)
Animal Protection Day (4 October)
Ahi Culture Week (8-12 October)
World Disaster Reduction Day (13 October)
United Nations Day (24 October)
Republic Day (29 October)

November

Red Crescent Week (29 October-4 November)
Organ Donation and Transplantation Week (3-9 November)
Children with Leukaemia Week (2-8 November)
Atatürk Week (10-16 November)
World Diabetes Day (14 November)
Disaster Education Preparedness Day (12 November)
World Philosophy Day (20 November)
World Children’s Rights Day (20 November)
Oral and Dental Health Week (21-27 November)
Teachers’ Day (24 November)

December

World Disability Day (3 December)
World Miners’ Day (4 December)
Granting the Right to Vote and Be Elected to Turkish Women (5 December)
Mevlana Week (07-17 December)
Human Rights and Democracy Week (the week including 10 December)
Attitude, Investment and Turkish Goods Week (12-18 December)
Mehmet Akif Ersoy Commemoration Week (20-27 December)

Those that are not tied to a specific date:

Mevlid-i Nebî Week (in the week to be determined by the Presidency of Religious Affairs)
Local Independence Days, Atatürk’s Days and Historical Days (on the dates of realisation)

Frequently Asked Questions About 2023-2024 Academic Year Work Calendar

When does the 2023-2024 school year start and end?
Start Monday 11 September 2023
End Friday 14 June 2024
How many working days are there in the first semester and what are the dates?
The first term has a total of 90 working days.
11 – 30 September 2023: 15 working days
02 – 31 October 2023: 23 working days
01 – 10 November 2023: 8 working days
20 – 30 November 2023: 9 working days
01 – 31 December 2023: 21 working days
02 – 19 January 2024: 14 working days
When does the half-term break start and how long is it?
It will last 10 days between 22 January – 02 February 2024.
How many working days are there in the second term and what are the dates of this term?
The second term has a total of 90 working days.
05 – 29 February 2024: 19 working days
01 – 31 March 2024: 21 working days
01 – 05 April 2024: 5 working days
15 – 30 April 2024: 12 working days
02 – 31 May 2024: 23 working days
03 – 14 June 2024: 10 working days
What is the total number of working days in a school year?
The general total is 180 working days.
Between which dates is the Ramadan Feast holiday and how many working days does this holiday correspond to?
It falls between 09, 10, 11 and 12 April 2024 and corresponds to 3.5 working days.
When is the Eid al-Adha holiday and how many days is this holiday?
It is between 15 June-19 June 2024 and is 4.5 days.
Are schools open on 29 October, 23 April and 19 May and do public holidays count as working days?
Yes, public holidays are counted as working days on these dates due to students’ participation in school ceremonies.
What are the regulations of the Ministry of National Education regarding the duration of the school year?
The school year is divided into two semesters and each semester includes a mid-term holiday. The duration of the school year should not be less than 180 working days, but if the 180th working day falls on a weekday, it can be extended until the last working day of the week.
What is the minimum number of working days of the school year in preschool and primary education institutions?
The duration of the school year in pre-school and primary education institutions should not be less than 180 working days.
2023-2024 Academic Year Work Calendar
Start and end of the school year: Monday 11 September 2023 – Friday 14 June 2024

Period 1:

11 – 30 September 2023: 15 working days
02 – 31 October 2023: 23 working days
01 – 10 November 2023: 8 working days
Interim Holiday: 13 – 17 November 2023 (5 days)
20 – 30 November 2023: 9 working days
01 – 31 December 2023: 21 working days
02 – 19 January 2024: 14 working days
First Term Total Working Days: 90 days
Semester Break: 22 January – 02 February 2024 (10 days)

Period 2:

05 – 29 February 2024: 19 working days
01 – 31 March 2024: 21 working days
01 – 05 April 2024: 5 working days
Interim Holiday: 08 – 12 April 2024 (5 days)
15 – 30 April 2024: 12 working days
02 – 31 May 2024: 23 working days
03 – 14 June 2024: 10 working days
Second Term Total Working Days: 90 days

Total Working Days: 180 days

Explanations

Eid al-Fitr Holiday: It will be between 09, 10, 11 and 12 April 2024 and will last 3.5 days. 3.5 days of this holiday coincides with a working day.

Eid al-Adha Holiday: It will be between 15 June-19 June 2024 and will last 4.5 days. This holiday coincides with the summer holiday.

Public Holidays: On 29 October Republic Day, 23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day and 19 May Commemoration of Atatürk Youth and Sports Day, these public holidays are counted as working days due to the participation of students in school ceremonies.

Ministry of National Education Provisions: The school year is divided into two semesters and each semester has a mid-term holiday. The Ministry shall announce the start of the school year, semester holidays, intermediate holidays, summer holidays and the dates of termination of classes. The school year shall not be less than 180 working days. However, if the 180th working day falls on a weekday, the end of the school year is extended until the last working day of the week. The duration of the school year is calculated by counting the days when the school is open from the day the classes start until the day the classes stop and the official and local holidays on which the students participate in the ceremonies.

Provisions for Preschool and Primary Education Institutions: The duration of the school year in pre-school and primary education institutions shall not be less than 180 working days.

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