Germany 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.
  • Germany or officially the Federal Republic of Germany is a federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe.
  • Majority of public holiday in Germany are determined by each individual federal state
  • Except for German Unity Day, which is mandated Public Holidays on 3rd October each year by the Central Government
  • Holiday that falls on a weekend are not move to a weekday

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DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Neujahrstag) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
6 JanFriEpiphany / Three King's Day (Heilige Drei Könige) - Commemorates the presentation of the infant Jesus to the Magi, or three wise men
27 FebMonFasching (Fastnacht) - Is a carnival season for parades, elaborate costumes, masked balls and street parties that culminates on Shrove Tuesday. Not a Public Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday (Karfreitag) - Friday before Easter Sunday. Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary
17 AprMonEaster Monday (Ostermontag) - Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Monday after Easter Sunday
1 MayMonLabour Day (Tag der Arbeit) - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers
14 MaySunMother's Day - Celebration honoring the mother of the family. 2nd Sunday in May. Not a Public Holiday
25 MayThursAscension Day (Christi Himmelfahrt) - Commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. 40 days after Easter Sunday
25 MayThursFather's Day - Celebrated on Ascension Day. Is a celebration honoring fathers
5 JunMonWhitmonday (Pfingstmontag) - 7th Monday after Easter. Monday of the Holy Spirit. Also known as Pentecost Monday
15 JunThursCorpus Christi (Fronleichnam) - Celebrating the belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ's Real Presence in the Eucharist. Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland
15 AugTueAssumption Day (Mariä Himmelfahrt) - It is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ. Bavaria and Saarland only
23 SeptSatOktoberfest - World's largest beer festival and traveling funfair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, this is a 16 to 18 day event. Start of Oktoberfest. Not a Public Holiday)
3 OctTueGerman Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) - Commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990, when the goal of a united Germany that originated in the middle of the 19th century, was fulfilled again
31 OctTueDay of Reformation (Reformationstag) - Nationwide holiday in 2017 to mark the 500th anniversary)
1 NovWedAll Saints Day (Allerheiligen) - Celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland only
22 NovWedRepentance Day (Buß- und Bettag) - Celebrate a day of repentance and prayer. Saxony. Wednesday before 23rd November
25 DecMonChristmas Day (Weihnachtstag) - Celebrate the birth of Christ
26 DecTueSt. Stephens Day (Zweiter Weihnachtsfeiertag) - Second day of Christmas or Commemorate Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr or protomartyr

DateDayHoliday
1 JanWedNew Year's Day
6 JanMonEpiphany
18 AprFriGood Friday
21 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayThursLabour Day
29 MayThursAscension Day
9 JunMonWhitmonday
19 JunThursCorpus Christi
15 AugFriAssumption Day
3 OctFriGerman Unity Day
31 OctFriDay of Reformation
1 NovSatAll Saints Day
19 NovWedRepentance Day
25 DecThursChristmas Day
26 DecFriSt. Stephens Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
6 JanTueEpiphany
3 AprFriGood Friday
6 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayFriLabour Day
14 MayThursAscension Day
25 MayMonWhitmonday
4 JunThursCorpus Christi
15 AugSatAssumption Day
3 OctSatGerman Unity Day
31 OctSatDay of Reformation
1 NovSunAll Saints Day
18 NovWedRepentance Day
25 DecFriChristmas Day
26 DecSatSt. Stephens Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
6 JanWedEpiphany
25 MarFriGood Friday
28 MarMonEaster Monday
1 MaySunLabour Day
5 MayThursAscension Day
16 MayMonWhitmonday
26 MayThursCorpus Christi
15 AugMonAssumption Day
3 OctMonGerman Unity Day
31 OctMonDay of Reformation
1 NovTueAll Saints Day
16 NovWedRepentance Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonSt. Stephens Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
6 JanSatThree King's Day (Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt)
12 FebMonFasching (Fastnacht. Not a Public Holiday)
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
2 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
1 MayTueLabour Day
10 MayThursAscension Day (40 days after Easter)
10 MayThursFather's Day (Celebrated on Ascension Day)
13 MaySunMother's Day (2nd Sunday in May. Not a Public Holiday)
21 JunMonWhitmonday (7th Monday after Easter. Also known as Pentecost Monday)
31 MayThursCorpus Christi (Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland)
15 AugWedAssumption Day (Bavaria, Saarland)
22 SeptSatOktoberfest (Start of Oktoberfest. Not a Public Holiday)
3 OctWedGerman Unity Day (Celebrated on October 3rd)
31 OctWedDay of Reformation (Nationwide holiday in 2017 to mark the 500th anniversary)
1 NovThursAll Saints Day (Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland)
21 NovWedRepentance Day (Saxony. Wednesday before 23rd November)
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWedSt. Stephens Day (Second day of Christmas)

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