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Holiday Calendar for Turkey

Holiday Calendar for Turkey for 2020-2021 year
Turkey is a popular tourist destination and home to over ten World Heritage Sites. Geographically, Turkey sits in two continents, Europe and Asia, although around 97% of itís land area is on the Asian side. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is the third most populous urban area in Europe. But it is not the capital, Ankara is in fact the capital of Turkey.

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2020-2021 year

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

Wednesday 6 May - Hidirellez (Turkey, Azerbaijan, is also celebrated in other Turkic-speaking countries as the day on which the prophets Khidr (al-Khidr) and Ilyas (Ilya) met on earth)
Sunday 10 May - Motherís Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Monday 11 May - Memory of the dedication of Constantinople in Turkey (in 330 Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire)

June 2020

Sunday 21 June - Father's Day (—elebrated on the third Sunday of June ÝÚ Argentina, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Kenya, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom)

July 2020

August 2020

Saturday 15 August - Day of the Turkish Navy (founded in 1949. Headquarters of the Navy - Ankara)

September 2020

October 2020

Thursday 29 October - Republic Day in Turkey (or Cumhuriyet Bayramı)

November 2020

December 2020

Friday 4 December - Eid il-Burbara in Israel (Arabic: عيد البربارة - a holiday similar to Halloween in honor of Saint Barbara. It is also celebtated in Russia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey)

January 2021

About some turkish traditions

Istanbul ancient city is mostly located on the Asian continent, but a few percentages of the total city area is also located in Europe, which makes it unique since itís built on two continents.

You might already know that 99% of Turks are Muslims. But you probably didnít know that there are as many as 82 693 Mosques in the country. It is known fact that Turkey has been home for three major religions in the world Ė Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The Turkeyís history of religious tolerance is exemplary.

St. Nicholas, which is commonly referred to as the Santa Claus wasnít born in the North Pole, but in Patara in the Southwestern part of Turkey.

The ancient city of Troy was located in modern day Turkey.

Itís estimated that Turks consume 3 kilos of tea per person a year. So, if you visit Turkey, then you shouldnít miss out on a traditional tea experience!

Internationally, the Döner kebab is probably the most famous, but in Turkey, they have several kinds of kebab. Coffee was introduced to Europe by the Turks. Turkish food is spread worldwide and has inspired dishes for thousands of years.
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