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Germany 2017 Bavarian Reformation Public Holiday

Source: Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung (Augsburg)
Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013


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.

The next step is for Bavarian Interior Minister, Joachim Herrmann, to submit a bill declaring October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (gesetzlichen Feiertag) in Bavaria to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation.

Over the past year, many German states (Länder) have announced that they would, or intended to, declare October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (2013-08-13, 2013-06-04, 2013-05-17, 2013-05-15, 2013-05-01, 2013-03-14, 2013-03-08, 2013-01-25, 2013-01-10, 2012-12-13), while 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 (2013-01-07, 2012-11-04, 2009-11-27, 2009-03-25, 2007-11-01, and 2006-11-07).


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