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Holiday Weekday Date Type
New Year's Day
New Year's Day, which is on January 1, or the first day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, is a public holiday in Germany.
Monday January 1 National holiday
Epiphany on January 6 is a public holiday in 3 German states and commemorates the Bible story of the Magi's visit to baby Jesus.
Saturday January 6 Christian,Common local holiday
Franco-German Day
Monday January 22 Observance
Remembrance Day for the Victims of National Socialism
Saturday January 27 Observance
European Privacy Day
Sunday January 28 Observance
Children's Hospice Day
Saturday February 10 Observance
Shrove Monday
Carnival Monday is two days before Ash Wednesday and parades are held in many Catholic areas of Germany.
Monday February 12 Observance
Carnival/Shrove Tuesday
Shrove Tuesday is a religious holiday that is on the day before Ash Wednesday. It is also known as the Tuesday of Carnival, which is a festive occasion among many cultures.
Tuesday February 13 Observance,Christian
Carnival/Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent in western Christian churches.
Wednesday February 14 Observance,Christian
Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day is a special time to celebrate love, romance and friendship.
Wednesday February 14 Observance
International Women's Day
Thursday March 8 Observance
March Equinox
Tuesday March 20 Season
Daylight Saving Time starts
Sunday March 25 Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday is a Christian feast that commemorates Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. It is also the start of Holy Week.
Sunday March 25 Observance,Christian
Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday is a Christian observance on the Thursday during Holy Week. It is the day before Good Friday.
Thursday March 29 Observance,Christian
Good Friday
Many Christians in Germany observe the Good Friday public holiday to mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Friday March 30 National holiday,Christian
Easter Day
Easter Sunday is a holiday in Germany to celebrate the Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to the Christian Bible.
Sunday April 1 Christian,Common local holiday
Easter Monday
Many people in Germany annually observe Easter Monday on the day after Easter Sunday. It is a public holiday in all states.
Monday April 2 National holiday,Christian
German Beer Day
Monday April 23 Observance
Girls' Day - Career Information Day
Thursday April 26 Observance
Walpurgis Night
Monday April 30 Observance
May Day
May Day in Germany is a holiday to celebrate the start of spring and to campaign for workers' rights. It is always on May 1.
Tuesday May 1 National holiday
Europe Day
Saturday May 5 Observance
Father's Day
Father’s Day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting on different dates worldwide.
Thursday May 10 Observance
Ascension Day
Ascension Day in Germany is on a Thursday 39 days after Easter Sunday.
Thursday May 10 National holiday,Christian
Mother's Day
Mother’s Day celebrates the achievements and efforts of mothers and mother figures.
Sunday May 13 Observance
Whit Sunday
Pentecost is a Christian holiday to remember the Holy Spirit's descent onto Jesus' followers.
Sunday May 20 Christian,Common local holiday
Whit Monday
The Second Day of Pentecost is, which is on the Monday after Pentecost (or Whitsunday), is a public holiday in Germany.
Monday May 21 National holiday,Christian
Constitution Day
Wednesday May 23 Observance
Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi celebrates the Eucharist and is public holiday in some parts of Germany.
Thursday May 31 Local holiday,Christian
International Childrens' Day
Friday June 1 Observance
European Bicycle Day
Sunday June 3 Observance
Visually Impaired People Day
Wednesday June 6 Observance
Day of Music (first day)
Friday June 15 Observance
Car-free Sunday
Sunday June 17 Observance
June Solstice
Thursday June 21 Season
Architecture Day
Saturday June 23 Observance
Peace Festival in Augsburg
The Augsburg Peace Festival in Germany celebrates the implementation of the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 CE. It is on August 8 each year.
Wednesday August 8 Local holiday
Assumption of Mary
The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is an occasion for Catholics to honor the belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary to heaven. It is a public holiday in some parts of Germany on August 15 each year.
Wednesday August 15 Christian,Common local holiday
Day of the Homeland
Saturday August 25 Observance
World Peace Day
Saturday September 1 Observance
German Language Day
Saturday September 8 Observance
European Heritage Days (Day of the Open Monument)
Sunday September 9 Observance
German World Childrens' Day
Thursday September 20 Observance
September Equinox
Sunday September 23 Season
German Food Bank Day
Saturday September 29 Observance
Day of German Unity
German Unity Day celebrates Germany's unification in 1990. It is on October 3 each year.
Wednesday October 3 National holiday
Harvest Festival
Sunday October 7 Observance
Day of the Libraries
Wednesday October 24 Observance
Daylight Saving Time ends
Sunday October 28 Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
World Thrift Day
Tuesday October 30 Observance
Reformation Day
Reformation Day in Germany is annually observed on October 31 to remember the Reformation, a time of big religious change between 1517 CE and 1648 CE.
Wednesday October 31 Common local holiday
Halloween is a festive occasion that is celebrated in many countries on October 31 each year.
Wednesday October 31 Observance
All Saints' Day
All Saints' Day is an annual public holiday in five German states to remember all Christian saints on November 1.
Thursday November 1 Christian,Common local holiday
Night of Broken Glass Remembrance Day
Friday November 9 Observance
Fall of the Berlin Wall
Friday November 9 Observance
St. Martin's Day
St. Martin's Day is celebrated in Germany every year on November 11.
Sunday November 11 Observance,Christian
National Day of Mourning
On the National Day of Mourning (Volkstrauertag) many Germans commemorate all victims of war and tyranny.
Sunday November 18 Observance
Repentance Day
The Day of Prayer and Repentance is a Protestant holiday and a public holiday in the state of Saxony (Sachsen) on the last Wednesday before November 23.
Wednesday November 21 Christian,Common local holiday
Sunday of the Dead
The Sunday of the Dead in Germany is an occasion to remember those who have passed away.
Sunday November 25 Observance
First Advent Sunday
The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year.
Sunday December 2 Observance,Christian
Saint Nicholas Day
St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6 in many European countries, as well as areas across the world that boast a strong European influence.
Thursday December 6 Observance,Christian
Second Advent Sunday
Sunday December 9 Observance,Christian
Third Advent Sunday
Sunday December 16 Observance,Christian
Remembrance Day for Roma and Sinti killed by Genocide
Wednesday December 19 Observance
December Solstice
Friday December 21 Season
Fourth Advent Sunday
Sunday December 23 Observance,Christian
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas Day and the start of the Christmas celebration. It always falls on December 24 in Germany.
Monday December 24 Observance
Christmas Day
Christmas Day marks the birth of Jesus Christ and is a public holiday in Germany. It is on December 25 each year.
Tuesday December 25 National holiday,Christian
Boxing Day
The Second Day of Christmas is a public holiday in Germany. It always falls on December 26.
Wednesday December 26 National holiday,Christian
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve in Germany is annually celebrated on December 31. It is the last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
Monday December 31 Observance