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A preview of the Germany bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2019, 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 2019 Observance*
Jan.    Tue New Year's Day
        Sun Epiphany (BW BY ST) Regional
Apr.    Fri Good Friday
        Sun Easter Sunday (BB) Regional
        Mon Easter Monday
May     Wed Labour Day
        Thu Ascension Day
June    Sun Whit Sunday (BB) Regional
        Mon Whit Monday
        Thu Corpus Christi (BW BY HE NW RP SL SN TH) Regional
Aug.    Thu Assumption Day (SL BY) Regional
Oct.    Thu German Unity Day
        Thu Reformation Day (BB MV SN ST TH) Regional
Nov.    Fri All Saints' Day (BW BY NW RP SL) Regional
        Wed Repentance Day (SN) Regional
Dec.    Tue Bank Holiday Banks
        Wed Christmas Day
        Thu Second Day of Christmas
        Tue Bank Holiday Banks
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

27 Mar 2017 Germany Bremen Public Holidays Extension Update (Radio Bremen-Bremen) At its recent regional party convention, the majority of the SPD voted for the addition of one annual non-working public holiday to the list of annual non-working public holidays in Germany's State of Bremen, a position supported by their Green coalition partner, and independently in the past by the opposition CDU.  18 Feb 2017 Germany Mulls Reformation Public Holiday Bremen Extension (Radio Bremen-Bremen) The major parties of the German City-State of Bremen, the CDU and SPD, are in discussions about the possibility of making Reformation Day, on October 31, a new annual non-working public holiday in Germany's City-State of Bremen.  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.  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 2019 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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