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Germany bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the next 9 months of 2017, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Germany Public Holidays in 2017 Observance*
Jan.    Sun New Year's Day
        Fri Epiphany (BW BY ST) Regional
Apr. 14 Fri Good Friday
     16 Sun Easter Sunday (BB) Regional
     17 Mon Easter Monday
May   1 Mon Labour Day
     25 Thu Ascension Day
June  4 Sun Whit Sunday (BB) Regional
      5 Mon Whit Monday
     15 Thu Corpus Christi (BW BY HE NW RP SL SN TH) Regional
Aug. 15 Tue Assumption Day (SL BY) Regional
Oct.  3 Tue German Unity Day
     31 Tue Reformation Day
Nov.    Wed All Saints' Day (BW BY NW RP SL) Regional
        Wed Repentance Day (SN) Regional
Dec.    Mon Christmas Day
        Tue Second Day of Christmas
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Recent News and Updates

25 Jan 2017 Germany Mulls Schleswig-Holstein Public Holiday Extension (Lübecker Nachrichten-Lübeck) The Minister of Economics (Ministerpräsident) of Germany's state of Schleswig-Holstein, Reinhard Meyer, has announced that he was in favour of adding Reformation Day as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, after the 2017 exception whereby October 31, 2017, was declared a one-off national non-working public holiday in Germany.  04 Sep 2016 Germany 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Deutsche Bundesbank-Frankfurt) The German Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) has published its annual list of the 2017 federal and regional non-working public holidays in Germany as well as the list of 2017 bank holidays in Germany.  08 Oct 2015 Germany 2017 BE Reformation Public Holiday (Berliner Morgenpost-Berlin) The Home Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies (Innenausschuss des Abgeordnetenhauses) of Germany's state (Land) of Berlin, with the votes of the governing SPD/CDU coalition, as well as those of the Greens opposition, approved the bill that would declare October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (gesetzlichen Feiertag) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg.  23 Aug 2015 Germany 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Deutsche Bundesbank-Frankfurt) The German Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) has published its annual list of the 2016 federal and regional non-working public holidays in Germany as well as the list of 2016 bank holidays in Germany.  22 Jan 2015 Germany 2017 BE Reformation Public Holiday Update (Berliner Morgenpost-Berlin) The SPD and CDU coalition partners of Germany's state (Land) of Berlin, has announced a bill that would also declare October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (gesetzlichen Feiertag) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg.  16 Sep 2014 Germany 2017 BW Reformation Public Holiday Update (Stuttgarter Zeitung-Stuttgart) The Minister President of Germany's southern state (Land) of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, has given his approval to a bill that would declare October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (gesetzlichen Feiertag) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg.  17 Aug 2014 Germany 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Deutsche Bundesbank-Frankfurt) The German Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) has published its annual list of the 2015 federal and regional non-working public holidays in Germany.  12 Dec 2013 Germany 2017 Bavarian Reformation Public Holiday (Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung-Augsburg) The government cabinet of Germany's state of Bavaria, has decided to also declare October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (gesetzlichen Feiertag) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg.  29 Nov 2013 Germany Mulls New Autumn Regional Public Holiday (Hannover Zeitung-Hannover) The Interior Minister of the German State of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Boris Pistorius, has announced that he was in favor, in principle, of the declaration of an additional annual non-working public holiday (gesetzlicher Feiertage) in the German State of Niedersachsen.  13 Aug 2013 Germany 2017 NRW Reformation Public Holiday Update (Westdeutsche Zeitung-Düsseldorf) The Red/Green coalition government of Germany's state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, has confirmed that it would declare October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (gesetzlichen Feiertag) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg.  04 Jun 2013 Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday In Saarland (DPA-Saarbrücken) The Premier (Ministerpräsidentin) of Germany's state of Saarland, Hannelore Kraft, has announced that the Saarland State Government would create the necessary conditions for October 31, 2017, to also be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Saarland.  17 May 2013 Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday In Niedersachsen (Bild-Hannover) The 2 major parties of the German State of Niedersachsen seem on the verge of also agreeing to declare October 31, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Niedersachsen State.  15 May 2013 Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday In Bremen State (FOCUS Online-Bremen) The Mayor of the City of Bremen, which is also one of Germany's full-fledged states, has also announced that October 31, 2017, would also be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Bremen to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses.  01 May 2013 Germany 2017 HH Reformation Public Holiday (Hamburger Abendblatt-Hamburg) Yesterday afternoon, the Senate of Germany's second largest city, and also one of Germany's full-fledged states, Hamburg (aka. HH - Hanseatstadt Hamburg), has passed the necessary legal measures to also declare October 31, 2017, a one-off regional non-working public holiday in the city-state of Hamburg, as had been promised at the end of last year.  14 Mar 2013 Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday In Rheinland-Pfalz (Ministerium des Innern für Sport und Infrastruktur-Mainz) The spokesperson (Pressesprecher des Innenministeriums) of Germany's state of Rheinland-Pfalz, David Freichel, has announced that chances were good ("Die Chancen dafür stehen nicht schlecht") of Germany's state of Rheinland-Pfalz also declaring October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (gesetzlichen Feiertag) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg.  09 Mar 2013 Germany 2017 NRW Reformation Public Holiday (Westdeutsche Zeitung-Düsseldorf) The Premier (Ministerpräsident) of Germany's state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Hannelore Kraft, has announced in Parliament that she was in favor of Germany's state of Nordrhein-Westfalen also declaring October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (gesetzlichen Feiertag) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg.  08 Mar 2013 Germany 2017 BW Reformation Public Holiday Update (Stuttgarter Zeitung-Stuttgart) A spokesperson for the SPD party of Germany's southern state (Land) of Baden-Württemberg has confirmed that a law would be passed declaring October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (gesetzlichen Feiertag) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg.  25 Jan 2013 Germany 2017 BW Reformation Public Holiday (Die Welt-Stuttgart) SPD deputies from Germany's southern state (Land) of Baden-Württemberg have added their voice to the current spate of declarations, and intents to declare, October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (gesetzlichen Feiertag) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg.  10 Jan 2013 Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday In Hessen (Die Welt-Wiesbaden) A spokesperson for the government of Germany's state of Hessen has announced that it would also declare Reformation Day, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday in the German state of Hessen.  07 Jan 2013 Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday Update (Die Welt-Rehburg-Loccum) The Premier (Ministerpräsident) of Germany's state of Niedersachsen, David McAllister, has added his voice to recent calls for, and even outright declarations, of Reformation Day 2017 as a one-off non-working public holiday in Germany.  13 Dec 2012 Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday Extended (Lübecker Nachrichten-Lübeck) The Premier (Ministerpräsident) of Germany's state of Schleswig-Holstein, Torsten Albig, has announced that Reformation Day 2017 would be a one-off non-working public holiday in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Germany public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

German States (for regional holidays): BW=Baden-Württemberg, BY=Bayern, BE=Berlin, BB=Brandenburg, HB=Hansestadt Bremen, HH=Hansestadt Hamburg, HE=Hessen, MV=Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, NI=Niedersachsen, NW=Nordrhein-Westfalen, RP=Rheinland-Pfalz, SL=Saarland, SN=Sachsen, ST=Sachsen-Anhalt, SH=Schleswig-Holstein, TH=Thüringen.  Weekend Public Holidays: Public holidays that occur on a weekend remain on that date (ie. they are not moved to another date, such as the following Monday, for example).  With the exception of Christmas, Easter, New Year's Day, and Labour Day, public holidays are all optional and it is left to the discretion of each region as to which holidays it will allow.  Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve are not official public holidays but many take them off; they are however bank holidays.  Carnival Rose Monday (The Monday before Ash Wednesday): Cologne and Rhine region.  Epiphany: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt.  Corpus Christi: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, and some localities in Saxony and Thuringia.  Assumption Day: Saarland, and in Bavarian communities with mostly Catholic populations.  Reformation Day: Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and some localities in Thuringia.  All Saints' Day: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Saarland.  Repentance Day: Saxony only. It was one of the national public holidays until 1994.  Germany International Codes DE and DEU (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .de (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Germany information and news: Deutsche Bundesbank (Germany central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Germany maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Germany), and Wikipedia (includes Germany commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Germany, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2017 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Germany, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Germany, before planning any trip to Germany. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.



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