Victory Day in Turkiye in 2024

Victory Day in Turkiye in 2024
Ataturk commanding his troops at the Battle of Dumlupınar. Image by Mustafa Sururi Taylan
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  Dates of Victory Day in Turkiye
2025 Turkiye Sat, Aug 30 National Holiday
2024 Turkiye Fri, Aug 30 National Holiday
2023 Turkiye Wed, Aug 30 National Holiday
2022 Turkiye Tue, Aug 30 National Holiday
2021 Turkiye Mon, Aug 30 National Holiday

Marks the victory in the Battle of Dumlupınar in 1922, a key battle in the War of Independence

  Local name
Zafer Bayramı

When is Victory Day in Türkiye?

Victory Day (Zafer Bayramı) is a national holiday in Türkiye, always celebrated on August 30th. It may also be known as Armed Forces Day.

Victory Day commemorates the victory in the Battle of Dumlupınar which was the decisive battle in the Turkish War of Independence in 1922.

The day also honours the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

History of Victory Day in Türkiye

Türkiye was occupied by Allied forces after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War (1914-1918).

This led to the start of the Turkish War of Independence in 1919, with the Turkish forces led by General Mustafa Kemal.

The battle of Dumlupınar took place in Kütahya province in western Turkey. Although foreign forces didn't leave Turkish soil until the autumn of 1922, August 30th is accepted as the date of the Turkish army’s victory.

The Turkish Republic was proclaimed on October 29th 1923, in the new capital of Ankara. Atatürk was elected as the first President.

Victory Day was first celebrated on August 30th 1923, becoming a national holiday in 1935.

How is Victory Day in Türkiye celebrated?

Victory Day is celebrated across Türkiye and in the northern part of Cyprus. It is a celebration of the Turkish military and the Turkish republic. The main celebration is held at Atatürk's Mausoleum in Ankara.

A ceremony is also held at the War Academy in Istanbul, with all military promotions made on this day, while marches are held in major cities across the country.

In Istanbul, Vatan Avenue is the site of an extensive military parade featuring hundreds of servicemen marching in procession, accompanied by military vehicles in formation.

Banks, council offices and the Turkish stock exchange will be closed on Victory Day.

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