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Germany 2017 BW Reformation Public Holiday Update

Source: Stuttgarter Zeitung (Stuttgart)
Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 1, 2019


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.

Earlier this year (2013-01-25), SPD deputies had called on the state government to declare, October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday in Germany's southern state of Baden-Württemberg.

That call followed the recent (2013-01-10) announcement by a spokesperson for the government of Germany's state of Hessen 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.

At the end of last year (2012-12-13), the Premier (Ministerpräsident) of Germany's state of Schleswig-Holstein, Torsten Albig, had announced that Reformation Day 2017 would be a one-off non-working public holiday in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

That same month, 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 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 (2013-01-07, 2012-11-04, 2009-11-27, 2009-03-25, 2007-11-01, and 2006-11-07).



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