Ramazan Bayramı in Turkey in 2021

  Dates of Ramazan Bayramı in Turkey
2022 May 3, May 4, May 5, May 6
TurkeyFri, May 6National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyThu, May 5National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyWed, May 4National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyTue, May 3National Holiday
2021 May 13, May 14, May 15, May 16
TurkeySun, May 16Government Holiday (additional day)
TurkeySat, May 15National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyFri, May 14National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyThu, May 13National Holiday
2020 May 23, May 24, May 25, May 26
TurkeyTue, May 26National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyMon, May 25National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeySun, May 24National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeySat, May 23National Holiday
2019 Jun 3, Jun 4, Jun 5, Jun 6, Jun 7
TurkeyFri, Jun 7Government Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyThu, Jun 6National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyWed, Jun 5National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyTue, Jun 4National Holiday
TurkeyMon, Jun 3National Holiday (additional day)
2018 Jun 15, Jun 16, Jun 17, Jun 18
TurkeyMon, Jun 18National Holiday
TurkeySun, Jun 17National Holiday
TurkeySat, Jun 16National Holiday
TurkeyFri, Jun 15National Holiday
The festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast breaking, marks the end of Ramadan
  Local name
Şeker Bayramı
  Ramazan Bayramı in other countries
Ramazan Bayramı internationally

Ramazan Bayramı in Turkey

In Turkey, Eid is known as Ramazan Feast or Ramadan Bayrami and is usually a three day holiday. The first day of Eid al-Fitr is called the Candy Festival (Seker Bayrami) as the tradition is to give children sweets or money wrapped in handkerchiefs.

Banks and post offices will be closed, and ATMs may run out of cash towards the end of the holidays

When is Eid al-Fitr?

The festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast-breaking, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.  The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.

As the date of Eid depends on the sighting of the moon, there may be variations in the exact date that is celebrated around the world. The announcement of the exact dates of Eid Al-Fitr may not happen until close to the start of Ramadan.

Keep up to date with the Eid al-Fitr public holidays with our day by day guide.

Traditions of Eid al-Fitr

'Sawm', which is the practice of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims believe that it was during the month of Ramadan that the text of the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with prayers called "Salat Al Eid" in Arabic. There is no audible call to prayer for the Eid prayers. Muslims will gather in mosques or open spaces and offer two units of prayer – called "Rakat". The prayers are followed by a sermon, in which the imam asks for forgiveness, mercy, and peace for every being across the world.

Other key elements of the Eid celebrations are giving money to the poor (known as 'Zakat al-Fitr', the amount to be given depends on the possessions someone has), sending Eid greetings and feasting with families.

For many Muslims, Eid al-Fitr is a festival to show gratitude to Allah for the help and strength he gave them throughout the month of Ramadan to help them practice self-control.

The phrase commonly used by Muslims as a greeting on this day is “Eid Mubarak”, which is Arabic for 'blessed festival'. The proper response to Eid Mubarak is "Khair Mubarak", which wishes goodness on the person who has greeted you.

The first Eid al-Fitr was celebrated in 624 CE by the Prophet Muhammad and his companions after their victory in the battle of Jang-e-Badar, a turning point in Muhammad's struggle with his opponents among the Quraish in Mecca during in the early days of Islam.

Eid al-Fitr may also be called 'Feast of the Lesser Bairam, Bairam being a Turkic word for holiday. It may seem odd that the word lesser is used for such a widely celebrated festival, the reason is that the 'Greater Bairam' is Eid al-Adha, the other great Islamic festival which is seen as the holier of the two. 

During the three days of Ramadan Bayrami, government offices, schools, post offices, banks, and some supermarkets will be closed.

Traveling in Turkey on the first and last days of Ramazan can be very hectic and roads are busy as everyone either heads to their family home or escapes to a hotel/beach.

Public transportation will be free of charge in Istanbul during the holidays. The scheme applies to public buses, trains, metrobuses, trams, funiculars and ferries.

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