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Germany 2017 NRW Reformation Public Holiday Update

Source: Westdeutsche Zeitung (Düsseldorf)
Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013


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.

Last spring (2013-03-09), Ministerpräsident Kraft had announced in Parliament that she was in favor of Germany's state of Nordrhein-Westfalen 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.

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 (2013-06-04, 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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