One of the youngest holidays for the city is Labor Day, which was organized for the first time in 2009. Since then, May 1 is considered an important public holiday, which is also never complete without performances by folk bands and festivities. Many tourists are eager to visit Kusadasi on the New Year to enjoy a bright holiday program and try special foods.
All the religious holidays are celebrated here only on the lunar calendar so there are no fixed dates for them. Religious celebrations require due respect for all the important traditions. On such holidays, alcohol consumption is always restricted, not to mention some dates when even food is not accepted. As a rule, this kind of rules doesn't concern foreign tourists, while local people follow them strictly.
In August, the national holiday Kurban Bayramı is celebrated here. Its name can be translated as the “Festival of the Sacrifice”. The holiday marks the last day of the holy month of Ramadan. Kurban Bayramı is one of the few holidays when is customary to cook hearty meat dishes. A few weeks before this day, local residents observe strict fasting, and on a festive day, they always prepare traditional dishes from lamb.