Istanbul, one of the chicest megalopolises in the world, is (literally) at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, and oozes with appeal characteristic of both sides of the continent. Istanbul is where travelers can both enjoy the colors and smells and sights of the distant past, as well as enjoy the conveniences (and fashion!) of the present. Because of its close relations to the Arab world, Turkey celebrates traditions that are not only secular in nature, but also Islamic. While outsiders may find that offices are closed on these religious holidays, they can take part in these occasions to immerse in the Turkish culture that is distinctly unique from countries that have influenced it.
New Year’s Day – Because Turkey straddles both continents, it is inevitable that it celebrates the first day of the Gregorian calendar despite its deep-rooted tradition in the lunar calendar of Islam.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Ulusal Egemenlik ve Cocuk Bayrami
National Sovereignty Day – This day in the Turkey calendar 2013 commemorates the start of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey held in Ankara, the country’s capital, in 1920.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Emek ve Dayanisma Gunu
Labor Day – This day celebrates the contribution of workers and laborers in the country’s political and economic spheres.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Ataturk’u Anma Genclik ve Spor Bayrami
Commemoration of Ataturk – This day in the Turkey calendar 2013 commemorates the landing of Ataturks in Samsun in 1919 to start their struggle for national liberation. This day is also dedicated to the youth and sports.
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Victory Day – This day is dedicated to the country’s Armed Forces to celebrate their victory in Dumlupinar, concluding in 1922 the War for Turkish Independence.
Thursday, 30 August 2013
Republic Day – This day commemorates the proclamation of Turkey as an independent country in 1923. The holiday starts in the afternoon of the previous day.
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
The End of Ramadan or Ramadan Feast – Because Turkey is steeped in Islamic tradition, feasting is an obligation among the devout, and the end of the period is marked with joyous celebration. This holiday in the Turkey calendar 2013 is held for three days including the half-day before the actual date.
Thursday to Wednesday, 8 to 14 August 2013
The Feast of Sacrifice – This feast is celebrated 70 days after the end of Ramadan to memorialize the sacrifice that Abraham made for his act of offering his son Ishmael. This day reminds the devout to feed the poor, alleviate the suffering of the sick, and forgive others for their transgressions as they themselves are forgiven. This is a 4-day celebration in the Turkey calendar 2013 when sheep are slaughtered and their meat distributed to the less privileged.
Thursday to Sunday, 10 to 20 October 2013
Have a Happy Turkey Holidays in 2013. .!!