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Turkey Public Holidays

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Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
[2014]
01 Jan: New Year's Day.
23 Apr: National Sovereignty and Children's Day.
01 May: Labour and Solidarity Day.
19 May: Commemoration of Atatürk and Youth and Sports Day.
28 Jun - 29 July: Ramazan.*
29 -31 July: Seker Bayrami (End of Ramadan).*
30 Aug: Victory Day.
5-8 Oct: Kurban Bayrami (Feast of the Sacrifice).*
28 Oct: Republic Day.

[2015]
01 Jan: New Year's Day.
23 Apr: National Sovereignty and Children's Day.
01 May: Labour and Solidarity Day.
18 Jun - 16 July: Ramazan.*
16 -18 July: Seker Bayrami (End of Ramadan).*
30 Aug: Victory Day.
24-26 Sep: Kurban Bayrami (Feast of the Sacrifice).*
29 Oct: Republic Day.


[*Religious holidays]
Seker Bayrami:Three-day festival when sweets are eaten to celebrate the end of the fast of Ramadan.
Kurban Bayrami: Four-day festival when sacrificial sheep are slaughtered and their meat distributed to the poor.
The dates of these religious festivals change according to the Muslim lunar calendar an thus occur 10-11 days (exact difference between Gregorian and Lunar calendars is 10 days and 21 hrs) earlier each year.

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