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Victory Day in Turkey

Quick Facts

Turkey annually celebrates Victory Day on August 30, commemorating the Turkish victory over Greek invaders in 1922.

Local names

NameLanguage
Zafer BayramıTurkish
Victory DayEnglish
Tag des SiegesGerman

Victory Day 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Victory Day 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015
List of dates for other years

Military parades and ceremonies at monuments to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who founded the Turkish Republic, are some common ways to celebrate Victory Day in Turkey. Turkish flags often adorn shops, public offices and people's houses on this day.

Collage of Atatürk statue and Turkish flag.

Victory Day is a national holiday celebrated in Turkey on August 30 each year.

Illustration based on artwork from ©iStockphoto.com/klenger&Ramberg

What do people do?

Many people in Turkey celebrate Victory Day by attending military parades, which take place in many big cities throughout the country. Air forces celebrate the day with demonstration flights. The jets involved in such flights usually leave a red-and-white trail, symbolizing the Turkish flag.

Residents and shop owners decorate their windows with Turkish flags and images of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. State officials attend a ceremony at Atatürk's Mausoleum in Ankara. All promotions in the Turkish Armed Forces take place on this day, and military schools hold annual graduation ceremonies on August 30.

Public life

Victory Day is a national public holiday in Turkey on August 30. Administration buildings and schools are closed on this day. Workers in private companies may have a day off or work until noon, but most large supermarkets and shops stay open. Public transport routes may vary in the event of street parades.

Background

Victory Day in Turkey commemorates the key Turkish victory against Greek forces in the Battle of Dumlupınar (August 26-30, 1922). The outcome of the battle, which took place in Kütahya province in western Turkey, determined the overall outcome of the Turkish War of Independence (1919-1923).

Although foreign forces left the country for good in the autumn (or fall) of 1922, Turkish people accept August 30 as the date of the Turkish troops’ overall victory. Victory Day was first celebrated in only a few cities in Turkey – such as Ankara, Izmir and Afyonkarahisar – on August 30, 1923. It became a national holiday in 1935.

Symbols

The Turkish flag and images of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk are the symbols of Victory Day in Turkey.

Victory Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
ThuAug 301990Victory DayNational holiday
FriAug 301991Victory DayNational holiday
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MonAug 301993Victory DayNational holiday
TueAug 301994Victory DayNational holiday
WedAug 301995Victory DayNational holiday
FriAug 301996Victory DayNational holiday
SatAug 301997Victory DayNational holiday
SunAug 301998Victory DayNational holiday
MonAug 301999Victory DayNational holiday
WedAug 302000Victory DayNational holiday
ThuAug 302001Victory DayNational holiday
FriAug 302002Victory DayNational holiday
SatAug 302003Victory DayNational holiday
MonAug 302004Victory DayNational holiday
TueAug 302005Victory DayNational holiday
WedAug 302006Victory DayNational holiday
ThuAug 302007Victory DayNational holiday
SatAug 302008Victory DayNational holiday
SunAug 302009Victory DayNational holiday
MonAug 302010Victory DayNational holiday
TueAug 302011Victory DayNational holiday
ThuAug 302012Victory DayNational holiday
FriAug 302013Victory DayNational holiday
SatAug 302014Victory DayNational holiday
SunAug 302015Victory DayNational holiday
TueAug 302016Victory DayNational holiday
WedAug 302017Victory DayNational holiday
ThuAug 302018Victory DayNational holiday
FriAug 302019Victory DayNational holiday
SunAug 302020Victory DayNational holiday

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