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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Germany public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of March 2019, and covering calendar year 2020 Germany public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Germany public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Mar
  • 1
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  • Germany Adds September 20 Public Holiday

    Thüringer Allgemeine (Erfurt) - The Parliament of Germany's state of Thuringia has approved a bill to make World Children's Day, on September 20, a new annual non-working public holiday in Germany's state of Thuringia, beginning in 2019.
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2018

  • Dec
  • 11
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  • Germany Amends 2019 and 2020 Berlin Public Holidays

    Berliner Morgenpost (Berlin) - The Governing "Die Linke/Die Grünen" coalition of Germany's city-state of Berlin, has begun the legislative process which, barring any surprises, will make Women's Day on March 8 a new annual non-working public holiday in Germany's city-state of Berlin.
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  • Nov
  • 21
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  • Germany Opts for March 8 Berlin New Public Holiday

    Berliner Morgenpost (Berlin) - The Governing "Die Linke/Die Grünen" coalition of Germany's city-state of Berlin, seems to finally have agreed on March 8 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Germany's city-state of Berlin.
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  • Sep
  • 20
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  • Germany Mulls September 20 Thuringia Public Holiday

    Thüringer Allgemeine (Erfurt) - The SPD and Green government groups of Germany's state of Thuringia have submitted a bill to make World Children's Day, on September 20, a new annual non-working public holiday in Germany's state of Thuringia, beginning in 2019.
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  • Jul
  • 16
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  • Germany Narrowing Down Berlin New Public Holiday Date

    Berliner Morgenpost (Berlin) - The Governing Mayor of Germany's city-state of Berlin, Michael Müller, has finally announced his preferred date, as March 18, for the new annual public holiday to be declared in Germany's city-state of Berlin.
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  • Jun
  • 14
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  • Germany Adds Bremen Reformation Public Holiday

    Radio Bremen (Bremen) - By a large majority, the Government of Germany's State of Bremen has approved the CDU proposal to declare Reformation Day in Bremen as a new public holiday on October 31, henceforth.
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  • Jun
  • 13
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  • Germany Adds Reformation Public Holiday In Lower Saxony

    Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Hannover) - The regional parliament of Germany's state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) has approved the bill from the Ministry of the Interior to declare October 31 as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German State of Lower Saxony.
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  • Mar
  • 7
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  • Germany To Add Reformation Public Holiday In Lower Saxony

    Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Hannover) - The State Chancellery of Germany's state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) has announced that the Cabinet has approved a draft bill from the Ministry of Interior to declare October 31 as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German State of Lower Saxony.
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  • Mar
  • 1
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  • Germany Hamburg State Adds Reformation Public Holiday

    Hamburger Abendblatt (Hamburg) - Yesterday, as scheduled, the Parliament of Germany's Hamburg State voted on a new October 31 annual public holiday, with effect in 2018, and approved it by a vote of 66 out of 116 votes cast (the issue was not whether to add a new annual public holiday in Germany's Hamburg State, but which date it should be).
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  • Feb
  • 23
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  • Germany Votes New Schleswig-Holstein Public Holiday

    Lübecker Nachrichten (Lübeck) - The Parliament of Germany's state of Schleswig-Holstein, has voted by a large margin with only some abstentions, the addition of the October 31, 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.
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  • Feb
  • 15
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  • Germany Hamburg State Public Holiday Extension Vote Update

    Hamburger Abendblatt (Hamburg) - The vote in the Parliament of Germany's Hamburg State, on a new annual public holiday with effect in 2018, has been brought forward and will now take place on February 28, with 66 MPs from the CDU, SPD and Greens, out of a total of 121, having indicated they would vote for.
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  • Jan
  • 29
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  • Germany Hamburg State Public Holiday Extension Spring Vote

    Hamburger Abendblatt (Hamburg) - The leaders of the coalition government groups, Andreas Dressel (SPD) and Anjes Tjarks (Greens), of Germany's Hamburg State have announced that a vote on a new annual public holiday will occur in the spring and would take effect in 2018.
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2017

  • Nov
  • 12
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  • Germany Mulls November 8 Bavarian Public Holiday

    Bavarian State Parliament (Munich) - The SPD parliamentary group of Germany's State of Bavaria has proposed to all political groups within the state parliament of Bavaria to declare November 8, 2018, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Germany's State of Bavaria, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Free State of Bavaria.
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  • Sep
  • 30
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  • Germany Mulls Reformation Public Holiday Extension In Hamburg State

    Hamburger Abendblatt (Hamburg) - The CDU Group of Germany's Hamburg State has submitted a motion to the Bürgerschaftskanzlei to have Reformation Day of October 31st, declared a new annual public holiday in Germany's Hamburg State.
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  • Sep
  • 23
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  • Germany Mulls Reformation Public Holiday Extension In Hamburg State

    Hamburger Abendblatt (Hamburg) - Lower Saxony's Prime Minister, Stephan Weil (SPD), has announced that he would support the declaration of Reformation Day as an annual non-working public holiday in the German State of Lower Saxony, if he wins the upcoming, October 15, regional elections.
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  • Mar
  • 27
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  • 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.
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  • Feb
  • 18
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  • 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.
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  • Jan
  • 25
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  • 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.
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2016

  • Sep
  • 4
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  • 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.
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2015

  • Oct
  • 8
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  • 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.
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  • Aug
  • 23
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  • 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.
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  • Jan
  • 22
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  • 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.
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2014

  • Sep
  • 16
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  • 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.
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  • Aug
  • 17
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  • 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.
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2013

  • Dec
  • 12
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  • 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.
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  • Nov
  • 29
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  • 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.
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  • Aug
  • 13
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  • 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.
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  • Jul
  • 26
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  • Germany 2014 Public Holidays Announced

    Deutsche Bundesbank (Frankfurt) - The German Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) has published a list of the 2014 federal and regional public holidays in Germany.
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  • Jun
  • 4
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  • 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.
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  • May
  • 17
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  • 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.
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  • May
  • 15
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  • 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.
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  • May
  • 1
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  • 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.
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  • Mar
  • 14
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  • 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.
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  • Mar
  • 9
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  • 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.
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  • Mar
  • 8
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  • 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.
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  • Jan
  • 25
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  • 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.
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  • Jan
  • 10
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  • 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.
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  • Jan
  • 7
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  • 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.
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2012

  • Dec
  • 15
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  • Germany Regional Public Holidays Update

    Pressestelle der CDU-Fraktion des Sächsischen Landtages (Dresden) - The social policy spokesman of the CDU group in the parliament of the German state of Sachsen (Saxony) has re-iterated his party's support for the maintenance of the Day of Prayer and Repentance (Buß- und Bettag) as a non-working public holiday in the German state of Sachsen.
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  • Dec
  • 13
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  • 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.
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  • Dec
  • 3
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  • Germany Extends Islamic State Public Holidays

    Die Welt (Hamburg) - The German State of Bremen has also decided to officially recognize annual Islamic holidays as sectorial State non-working public holidays.
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  • Nov
  • 14
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  • Germany To Add Islamic State Public Holidays

    Die Welt (Hamburg) - The German city-state of Hamburg, and its second largest city, has signed an official agreement with its Muslim community which guarantees 3 annual Islamic holidays.
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  • Nov
  • 4
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  • Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday Call

    Die Welt (Hamburg) - The Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland - EKD) has called on the government of Germany to make the 2017 Reformation Day public holiday a nationwide non-working public holiday throughout Germany.
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  • Aug
  • 27
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  • Germany 2013 Public Holidays Announced

    Deutsche Bundesbank (Frankfurt) - The German Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) has published a list of the 2013 federal and regional public holidays in Germany.
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2011

  • Aug
  • 31
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  • Germany 2012 Public Holidays Announced

    Deutsche Bundesbank (Frankfurt) - The German Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) has published a list of the 2012 federal and regional public holidays in Germany.
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2010

  • Aug
  • 26
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  • Germany 2011 Public Holidays Announced

    Deutsche Bundesbank (Frankfurt) - The German Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) has published a list of the 2011 federal and regional public holidays in Germany.
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  • Aug
  • 18
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  • Germany Rejects Additional Regional Public Holidays

    Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine (Hannover) - The recent bill, introduced by a coalition led by Die Linke, to add 2 regional public holidays in Niedersachsen has been rejected in that Land's parliament.
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2009

  • Nov
  • 27
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  • Germany To Consider Extending Reformation Day Public Holiday

    Osthessen-News (Fulda) - The Synod of evangelical Churches of Germany's State of Hessen has passed a motion asking the government to amend Article 1 of the Hessischen Feiertaggesetzes to make Reformation Day an official public holiday in the State of Hessen.
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  • Nov
  • 21
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  • Germany: Buß- und Bettag Public Holiday Update

    Augsburger Allgemeine (Augsburg) - The Minister of Culture of Germany's Land of Bavaria, Ludwig Spaenle, has said he would press for the restoration of the Buß- und Bettag public holiday in Bavaria for next year.
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  • Mar
  • 25
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  • Germany To Consider Restoring October 31 Public Holiday In Capital State

    Berliner Morgenpost (Berlin) - Germany's CDU party, member of the current ruling federal coalition, has introduced legislation for Reformation Day (October 31) to become a public holiday in the state of Berlin, which includes Germany's capital.
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2008

  • Jul
  • 8
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  • Germany October 9 Public Holiday in Leipzig

    Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (Leizig) - In its last session before the summer break, this Wednesday, the Leipzig city council started considering a proposal from the Fraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen to make October 9 a city-wide (working) public holiday called Tag der Friedlichen Revolution (Day of the Peaceful Revolution) to commemorate the peaceful revolution which led to the end of the Soviet occupation of East Germany.
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2007

  • Nov
  • 27
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  • Germany: Buß- und Bettag Public Holiday May Return To Bavaria

    Bayerische Runkfunk - Bavaria's Ministerpräsident, Günther Beckstein, has announced that he wishes to re-instate the Buß- und Bettag Public Holiday (Day of Prayer and Repentance) to the list of public holidays observed in Bavaria.
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  • Nov
  • 18
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  • Germany Will Ignore 2008 Conjunction Of Ascension and May Day

    n-tv.de - In 2008, the date of May Day and Ascension will fall on the same date. But while Belgium has declared the next day, May 2nd, as a one-off public holiday, recent media reports indicate that Germany will not declare a day in lieu public holiday.
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  • Nov
  • 1
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  • Germany: Reformation Day Public Holiday In Schleswig-Holstein

    Evangelischer Pressedienst - The Northern Evangelical Church is mounting a campaign to push for the addition of the October 31 Reformation Day to the list of public holidays of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg before 2017, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing of his list of 95 points on the door of the Church of Wittenberg.
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  • Sep
  • 19
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  • Eastern Germany In Favor Of Keeping October 3 Public Holiday

    Die Welt/Deutsche Presse-Agentur - While the government is discussing the moving of National Day to a permanent Sunday occurrence, a recent survey in the former eastern part of Germany, more than 2/3 of respondents said they preferred to keep the current October 3 public holiday, while 16% would prefer to have November 9 as a public holiday.
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  • May
  • 8
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  • Germany's Majority Opposed to Removal of a Public Holiday to Finance State Pension Plans

    pressrelations.de - A recent poll taken by the Postbank reveals that only 26 percent of those polled are in favor of the removal of one of Germany's public holidays, to help fund State pension plans, while 63 percent are against.
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  • Jan
  • 2
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  • Germany Prepares For Many Bridge Public Holidays In 2007

    Verlag fuer die Deutsche Wirtschaft AG - 2007 will be a good year for Germans who wish to optimize their days off work, through Brueckentage (days off that are a bridge between a midweek public holiday and the nearest weekend).
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2006

  • Dec
  • 7
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  • Germany Pressured To Maintain Sunday Shopping Ban

    Sonntagsblatt - The chairman of the Bavarian Catholic State Comittee, Helmut Mangold, has re-iterated the church's will to keep on fighting against Sunday shopping in Bavaria.
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  • Nov
  • 7
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  • Germany Asked To Restore Nationwide Reformation Day Public Holiday

    Tagesschau (Munich) - The Evangelical-Lutheran Bishop of Bavaria, a predominantly Catholic German State, has called for Reformation Day (a Protestant holiday celebrated on October 31) to become a country-wide public holiday until at least 2017.
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2004

  • Nov
  • 4
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  • Germany Might Lose One Of Its Public Holidays

    Deutsche Welle - Germany's Finance Minister, Hans Eichel, is scheduled to present a budget plan which will include celebrating the "Day of German Unity" on the first Sunday in October rather than October 3.
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See also: Germany bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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