Denmark Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Denmark or officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Scandinavian country in Europe
  • National Holidays in Denmark are regulated by the Holiday Consolidation Act 407 of 28 May 2004, this act allow government to declare one time national holidays if necessary
  • Holidays in Denmark are celebrated on actual date; this means holiday falls on a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) will remain on that date, not moving to next working day
  • Employees in Denmark are entitled to pay day off for national holidays
  • There is exception where employer must pay for each holiday, regardless when these holidays occur, but this must made upfront on the Employment contract
  • Christianity is the dominant religion in Denmark, therefore majority of the holiday celebrations are based on the Christian faith.
  • Some of Christian celebration date is different each year as holidays are calculated based on lunar cycle

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DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Nytårsdag) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
13 AprThursMaundy Thursday (Skærtorsdag) - Thursday before Easter Sunday. Commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels
14 AprFriGood Friday (Langfredag) - Friday before Easter Sunday. Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary
17 AprMonEaster Monday (Påskedag) - Monday after Easter Sunday. Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
1 MayMonInternational Workers' Day (Arbejdernes kampdag) - A holiday for certain sectors of the workforce
12 MayFriGeneral Prayer Day / Great Prayer Day (Store bededag) - The 4th Friday after Easter. Great Prayer Day is basically a collection of minor Christian holy days consolidated into one day
14 MaySunMother's Day - Celebration honoring the mother of the family. 2nd Sunday in May. Not a Public Holiday
25 MayThursAscension Day (Kristi Himmelfartsdag) - 40 days after Easter. Commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven
5 JunMonConstitution Day / National Day of Denmark (Grundlovsdag) - Commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Danish Constitution of 1849, which established Denmark as a constitutional monarchy, and honors the constitution of 1953, which was adopted on the same date
5 JunMonFather's Day - Celebrated on Constitution Day. Is a celebration honoring fathers
5 JunMonWhitmonday (Pinsedag) - 7th Monday after Easter. Also known as Pentecost Monday. Danes celebrate two days of Whitsun
24 DecSunChristmas Day Eve (Juleaften) - Denmark starts Christmas celebration in the evening, traditionally with a Christmas tree, exchanging presents and having dinner with the family.
25 DecMonChristmas Day (juledag) - First day of Christmas. Danes celebrate three days of Christmas, starting early on December 24 in the evening
26 DecTueSecond Day of Christmas - Celebrated on 26th December
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve (Nytårsaften) - Mostly celebrated with friends or family, a homemade gourmet dinner and often liberal amounts of alcohol. Banks are closed

DateDayHoliday
1 JanWedNew Year's Day
17 AprThursMaundy Thursday
18 AprFriGood Friday
21 AprMonEaster Monday
16 MayFriGeneral Prayer Day
29 MayThursAscension Day
5 JunThursConstitution Day
9 JunMonWhitmonday
24 DecWedChristmas Day Eve
25 DecThursChristmas Day
26 DecFriSecond Day of Christmas
31 DecWedNew Year's Eve

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
2 AprThursMaundy Thursday
3 AprFriGood Friday
6 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayFriGeneral Prayer Day
14 MayThursAscension Day
25 MayMonWhitmonday
5 JunFriConstitution Day
24 DecThursChristmas Day Eve
25 DecFriChristmas Day
26 DecSatSecond Day of Christmas
31 DecThursNew Year's Eve

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
24 MarThursMaundy Thursday
25 MarFriGood Friday
28 MarMonEaster Monday
22 AprFriGeneral Prayer Day
1 MaySunMay Day
5 MayThursAscension Day
16 MayMonWhitmonday
5 JunSunConstitution Day
24 DecSatChristmas Day Eve
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonSecond Day of Christmas
31 DecSatNew Year's Eve

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day (Nytarsdag)
29 MarThursMaundy Thursday (Thursday before Easter Sunday)
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
2 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
27 AprFriGeneral Prayer Day (The 4th Friday after Easter)
1 MayTueMay Day (A holiday for certain sectors of the workforce)
10 MayThursAscension Day (40 days after Easter)
13 MaySunMother's Day (2nd Sunday in May. Not a Public Holiday)
21 MayMonWhitmonday (7th Monday after Easter. Also known as Pentecost Monday)
5 JunTueConstitution Day (National Day of Denmark)
5 JunTueFather's Day (Celebrated on Constitution Day)
24 DecMonChristmas Day Eve (Juleaftensdag)
25 DecTueChristmas Day (First day of Christmas)
26 DecWedSecond Day of Christmas (Celebrated on 26th December)
31 DecMonNew Year's Eve (Banks are closed)

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