Official Holidays - Cyprus Journey

Official Holidays

As in every country, there are official days celebrated and holidays applied on these days in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

10 September 2020

July 20 is the Most Meaningful Day for Cyprus

The private sector is not affected by the public holidays in the country, but May 1 is celebrated in Cyprus, as befits the name of Labor Day, as it is all over the world. On that day, workplaces are closed and almost all employers organize barbecue parties for their employees on the island beaches. July 20, the day the Turkish Peace Landing Operation started in 1974, is also the day of the country's official holiday. That day, the soldiers of the Republic of Turkey put an end to the EOKA organization, which was established for the purpose of enosis, made a peace landing on the basis of the Guarantor Agreement and created a paradise where Greeks and Turks lived together in peace. Next to the Karaoğlanoğlu Martyrs' Cemetery, where the landing started, torches are lit until dawn in the events held every year and the sun is expected to rise. The most beautiful event following the Dawn Watch is the Turkish Air Force's Solo Turkish show. Thousands of Cypriots who want to watch this flock to Kyrenia Harbor or watch the show from a rooftop.

20 July The Most Meaningful Day For Cyprus

November 15 Declaration of Independence

One of the most important days for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is November 15, because on November 15, 1983, the Assembly of the Turkish Federated State of Cyprus separated from the Greek Republic and declared its independence unilaterally. Every year, on November 15, the day-long celebration activities begin with the first light of the morning with military and official ceremonies in the capital Nicosia.

August 1 Turkish Resistance Organization Establishment

Another important day for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is August 1st. The Turkish Resistance Organization (TMT) was established on August 1, 1958 in order to fight EOKA, which is supported by the Greeks and Turks, that is, the Greek Cypriots who want to divide the island and strive for this. celebrate their anniversary.

Turkey's Official Holidays Are Celebrated

Turkey's Official Holidays Are Celebrated

The other official holidays celebrated by the young motherland is the 23 April 1923 National Sovereignty and Children's Day, when the Turkish Grand National Assembly was opened, which was presented to children by the founding leader of the Turkish Republic, Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. In Northern Cyprus, 19 May 1919, the date Atatürk went to Samsun to start the war of independence, is also the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day, as it is in Turkey every year. 30 August Victory Day and the founding celebrations of the Republic of Turkey, which was established on 29 October 1923, are declared as official holidays and celebrated with enthusiasm.

Religious Holidays are Public Holidays

Again, since a large part of the country is Muslim, Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha are celebrated every year. A public holiday is declared for 3 days during Ramadan Feast and 4 days for Eid-al-Adha. All of this is independently held in the country regular events and festivals every year you can find all this and the event calendar on our events page.

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