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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Turkey. Please scroll down to view.

Turkish labour and employment laws are governed by the Turkish Labour Code and the Turkish Code of Obligations enacted in July 2012. Although Turkish laws do not require employment contracts, most employers require employees to enter into a legal employment contract or a collective bargaining agreement with a trade union. Most employment contracts and union agreements establish entitlement to paid holidays, annual leave, overtime compensation and benefits.

Turkey is rich in cultural and Islamic religious heritage. Employees are entitled to paid time off for official public holidays and religious observances. Seasonal holidays are not usually recognized as official holidays.

If an employee is required to work on a public holiday, he or she is entitled to additional compensation, the exact amount of which is unclear. Paid time off for religious and cultural observances are discretionary and vary among employers.

Employment laws and entitlement to paid holidays and annual leave apply equally to Turkish employees and foreign nationals. According to the Turkish Labour Code, employees are not permitted to work more than 45 hours per week without overtime compensation. Overtime rates are discretionary according to employment contracts and union agreements. Salaried professionals and management personnel are generally not entitled to overtime compensation, as their salaries are significantly higher than most skilled and unskilled workers.

Annual Paid Leave in Turkey

Every employee is entitled to annual paid leave or vacation time after one-year of continuous employment. The length of paid leave depends on length of service and terms of an employment agreement. Employees who have worked between one and five years are generally entitled to 14 days of continuous paid leave per year. Employees with between five years and 15 years of employment are entitled to 20 days of paid leave and employees with more than 15 years of service receive 26 paid vacation days per year.

The Turkish Labour Code mandates that every employee is entitled to a continuous 24-hour weekend per week. This differs slightly with shift workers, who may be required to take the mandatory 24-hours off during the week. The 24-hour weekend rest is only available to full-time employees who work 45 hours per week.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
23 AprSunChildren's Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
19 MayFriYouth & Sports Day
25 JunSunRamazan Bayramy / End of Ramadan
26 JunMonRamazan Bayramy Holiday
27 JunTueRamazan Bayramy Holiday
15 JulSatDemocracy and National Solidarity Day
30 AugWedVictory Day
1 SepFriKurban Bayramy / Feast of Sacrifice
2 SepSatKurban Bayramy Holiday
3 SepSunKurban Bayramy Holiday
4 SepMonKurban Bayramy Holiday
29 OctSunRepublic Day