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Democracy and National Unity Day (Demokrasi ve Milli Birlik Günü)
July 15 All day
Announced in 2016, Turkey’s newest holiday is July 15 Democracy and National Unity Day (Demokrasi ve Milli Birlik Günü) to commemorate the lives lost in the violent and unsuccessful coup attempt that transpired on July 15, 2016. Don’t be surprised to hear cars honking as passengers wave flags from the windows. This isn’t the first time a coup was commemorated in Turkey as there used to be a holiday on May 27 called Constitution Day in remembrance of the 1960 coup d’etat.