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North Cyprus Holidays

There are several main North Cyprus holidays which mark the most prominent political and historical events.
As the majority of the population are Muslims, they also celebrate religious holidays such as Bairam (internationally known as "Eid") that signifies the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Bairam is celebrated twice per year (Ramadan Bairam and Kurban Bairam correspondingly) according to the lunar calendar. Bairam begins the night before the indicated dates in the calendar, at the sunset. It is a joyful occasion in North Cyprus when the relatives and friends come together for association and feast with meal.

1 January New Year Day
23 April National Sovereignty / Children Day
1 May Spring and Labour Day
19 May Youth and Sport Day
4 June The Birthdate of the Prophet Mohammad
20 July Peace and Freedom Day
1 August TMT day (Turkish Resistance Organization)
30 August Victory Day
29 October Turkish Republic Day
15 November Proclamation Day of TRNC
10-13 January 2006* Kurban Bairam
23-25 October 2006* Ramadan Bairam
31 December 2006 -
3 January 2007*
Kurban Bairam

* Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Ramadan Bairam and Kurban Bairam, migrate throughout the seasons. The estimated start and end dates for Ramadan are listed above.


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