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Northern Cyprus Public Holidays

Uncover the public holidays in Northern Cyprus, ensuring you don't miss any key events.

Plan your getaway with our holiday calendar…

Exploring the Rich Tapestry of Northern Cyprus Public Holidays

Embark on a cultural journey as we unravel the diverse and vibrant official holidays in Northern Cyprus. From commemorating historical milestones to celebrating cultural and religious traditions, each day on the holiday calendar reflects the essence of this enchanting destination.

New Year's Day - January 1 ​

Christmas Celebrations View of the Old port, North Cyprus, December 21st, 2021

Christmas Celebrations View of the Old port, North Cyprus, December 21st, 2021

The year begins with a festive spirit as New Year's Day, marks a time of joy and anticipation for the months ahead. This celebration sets the stage for vibrant festivities across Northern Cyprus, with many hotels and resorts hosting special events during this period. Some of the most popular venues include:

Acapulco Beach and Spa Resort

The Arkin Iskele Hotel

Grand Pasha Hotel

MC Palace Hotel

Pia Bella Hotel

Salamis Bay Conti Resort

National Sovereignty and Children's Day - April 23

Celebration of Children's day, Nicosia

Celebration of Children's day, Nicosia

This day commemorates the opening of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1920. It also doubles as a special day for children, emphasising their importance in society. If you're planning a family-friendly celebration in North Cyprus, consider staying at one of the hotels below which offer a range of activities and amenities to ensure a memorable experience for both parents and children:

Acapulco Beach and Spa Resort

The Arkin Iskele Hotel

Salamis Bay Conti Resort

Merit Park Hotel

Elexus Resort and Spa

Courtyard Long Beach Holiday Resort

Labour Day - May 1

Labour Day is a global celebration of workers' rights and the arrival of spring bringing together communities to acknowledge the contributions of the workforce.

Social Resistance Day - August 1

August 1 is Social Resistance Day, commemorating the founding of the Turkish Resistance Organization. It stands as a testament to the spirit of resistance and determination.

Victory Day - August 30

Victory Day commemorates the end of the Turkish War of Independence in 1922. It is a day of national pride and remembrance.

Ataturk Monument (Victory Monument) in the city center of Famagusta.

Ataturk Monument (Victory Monument) in the city center of Famagusta.

Republic Day - October 29

Both Northern Cyprus and Turkey share this day to honour the establishment of the republic, symbolising unity and progress.

Republic Day in Northern Cyprus - November 15

Commemorating the Declaration of Independence, this day holds special significance for Northern Cyprus, reflecting its unique history and identity.

Mawlid - Moveable

Mawlid is the observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, celebrated with prayers and reflections.

Eid al-Fitr - Moveable

As Eid al-Fitr approaches North Cyprus, not only does it bring a joyous end to Ramadan, but it's also an excellent time for shopping. Many stores and shops offer special discounts during this festive period. The dates remain consistent in the Islamic calendar, yet shift approximately 11 days earlier in the Gregorian calendar each year due to the lunar-solar difference. In North Cyprus, the dates for these festivities are pre-established.

Kurban Bayram - Moveable

When Kurban Bayram arrives, commemorating Ibrahim's act of devotion, it's not just a time for reflection but also a great time for shopping in North Cyprus. Take advantage of the special offers in various stores and shops, adding to the festive atmosphere during this significant holiday. Similar to Eid al-Fitr, the dates remain fixed in the Islamic calendar but advance about 11 days earlier in the Gregorian calendar annually. In North Cyprus, the dates for this significant holiday are set in advance.

Bellapais Abbey, Kyrenia, North Cyprus

Bellapais Abbey, Kyrenia, North Cyprus

Cultural festivals in Northern Cyprus

Enjoy the vibrant culture of Northern Cyprus by planning your holiday around the festivals hosted throughout the year. From traditional celebrations to contemporary events, there's always something exciting happening. Explore our dedicated blog on festivals here, offering insights into the rich cultural landscape. Plan your trip to coincide with these festivals for a truly immersive experience.


Q1: Can tourists participate in public holiday celebrations?

A1: Absolutely! Tourists are welcome to join public holiday celebrations, providing a deeper understanding of the local culture.

Q2: Are businesses closed during public holidays?

A2: Yes, on public holidays, businesses and government offices may have altered hours or closures.

Q3: How can I learn more about specific holiday events and traditions?

A3: Visit local tourism offices, participate in community events, and engage with locals to learn more about holiday events and traditions.

North Cyprus Festival, Nicosia

North Cyprus Festival, Nicosia

Planning Your Visit

To truly immerse yourself in the culture of Northern Cyprus, consider planning your visit around these vibrant public holidays. Experience the local traditions, attend special events, and witness the unity and pride that define these significant days. Plan your visit to coincide with these celebrations, and let the spirit of the region captivate you.


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