Source:Hamburger Abendblatt (Hamburg)
Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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.
Recall that, late last year (2012-12-13), the Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, had announced that October 31, 2017, would be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Hamburg.
A couple of months ago (2013-03-08), a spokesperson for the SPD party of Germany's southern state of Baden-Württemberg, announced that, following the parliamentarian call of last January (2013-01-25), 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.
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.
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.
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Germany 2017 HH Reformation Public Holiday" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.