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Except for national holidays, public holidays in Germany (gesetzliche Feiertage) are determined by the states.

Public Holidays
DateEnglish NameLocal NameRemarks
January 1 New Year's DayNeujahr  
January 6 EpiphanyHl. Drei Könige in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Saxony-Anhalt
moveableGood FridayKarfreitag 
moveableEaster MondayOstermontag 
May 1May DayTag der Arbeit 
moveableAscension DayChristi Himmelfahrt 
moveableWhitmonday[?]Pfingstmontag 
moveable Corpus Christi[?]Fronleichnam in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, NRW, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, and some communities in Saxony and Thuringia
October 3 Assumption Day[?]Mariä Himmelfahrt in Saarland and Bavarian communities with mostly Catholic population
October 3Day of German Reunification[?]Tag der Deutschen Einheitholiday since 1990
October 31Reformation Day[?]Reformationstagin Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg
November 1All SaintsAllerheiligen in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, NRW, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland
moveablePenance Day[?]Buß- und Bettagonly in Saxony
December 25Christmas Day1. Weihnachtsfeiertag 
December 26Boxing Day2. Weihnachtsfeiertag 

The only town in Germany which has its own additional public holiday is Augsburg. The Friedensfest ("Peace Festival") is celebrated on August 8.

External Links

Website of the German Department of the Interior (http://www.bmi.bund.de/dokumente/Lexikon-Modul/ix_20030.htm)



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