Source: 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.
The aforementioned announcement follows last month's (04-Nov-2012) call by the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland - EKD) to make the 2017 Reformation Day public holiday a nationwide non-working public holiday throughout Germany, as well as a similar call, 5 years ago (01-Nov-2007), by the Northern Evangelical Church for the addition of the October 31 Reformation Day to the list of public holidays of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg before 2017.
In related news, the Mayor of Germany's second largest city, and also one of Germany's full-fledged states, Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, has also announced that October 31, 2017, would be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Hamburg.
The Mayor of the city-state of Bremen, Jens Böhrnsen, has also called for October 31, 2017, to be marked as national public holiday, or failing that, as a state public holiday in the state of Bremen ("mindestens einmalig als staatlichen Feiertag anzuerkennen").
The date of October 31, 2017, will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg, an event considered to herald the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
Calls to restore the Reformation Day public holiday, either in specific States, or as a national public holiday, have been made repeatedly in past years (27-Nov-2009, 25-Mar-2009, and 07-Nov-2006).
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