Public holidays in Germany 2015
2nd January 2015, 0 comments
There are German national public holidays, as well as holidays celebrated on a regional basis in different Federal states, so some states have more holidays than others. This means that some lucky citizens can enjoy up to 13 days of public holidays a year, one of the highest public holiday entitlements in Europe. Many of the public holidays are religious and date back centuries and a more recent holiday is the Day of German Unity on 3 October, which commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990. You can see which public festivals coincide with one of Germany's top festivals.
Many businesses – but not police stations or hospitals – close during both national and regional public holidays.
Public holidays in Germany 2015
(N) = National (R) = Regional
January 1: New Year’s Day (Neujahrstag) (N).
January 6: Epiphany (Heilige Drei Könige) (R) – Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt.
April 3: Good Friday (Karfreitag) (N).
April 6: Easter Monday (Ostermontag) (N).
May 1: Labour Day (Maifeiertag) (N).
May 14: Ascension Day (Christi Himmelfahrt) (N) (40 days after Easter).
May 25: Whit Monday (Pfingstmontag) (N) (also known as Pentecost Monday).
June 4: Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam) (R) – Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, and some local authorities in Saxony and Thuringia.
August 8: Peace Festival (R) – Bavaria.
August 15: Assumption Day (Maria Himmelfahrt) (R) – Saarland and some local authorities in Bavaria.
October 3: Day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) (N).
October 31: Reformation Day (Reformationstag) (R) – Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and parts of Thuringia.
November 1: All Saints’ Day (Allerheiligen) (R) – Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and parts of Thuringia.
November 18: Day of Prayer and Repentance (Buß- und Bettag) (R) – Saxony.
December 25: Christmas Day (Weihnachtstag) (N).
December 26: Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day (Stephanstag) (N).
Other important dates
February 16: Shrove Monday.
February 17: Shrove Tuesday/Carnival.
February 18: Ash Wednesday/Carnival.
March 29: Daylight saving time (DST) starts (clocks go forward one hour).
May 10: Mother’s Day.
October 25: Daylight saving time (DST) ends (clocks go back one hour).
November 11: St Martin’s Day (religious observance where children take part in lantern processions)
November 15: National Day of Mourning (where victims of war are remembered) – in some regions music or dance events are prohibited.
December 6: St Nicholas Day.
Each Federal state sets its own school calendar. You can find a list of the official portals of the 16 Federal states here.
Updated from 2102, 2014.
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