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Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday In Saarland

Source: DPA (Saarbrücken)
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013


The Premier (Ministerpräsidentin) of Germany's state of Saarland, Hannelore Kraft, has announced that the Saarland State Government would create the necessary conditions for October 31, 2017, to also be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Saarland.

Last month (2013-05-17), the 2 major parties of the German State of Niedersachsen announced that they were on the verge of agreeing to declare October 31, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Niedersachsen State.

Just the day before (2013-05-15), the Mayor of the City of Bremen, which is also one of Germany's full-fledged states, had announced that October 31, 2017, would be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Bremen to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses.

Earlier this month (2013-05-01), the Senate of Germany's second largest city, and also one of Germany's full-fledged states, Hamburg (aka. HH - Hanseatstadt Hamburg), had finally 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 (2012-12-13), by the Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz.

A couple of months before (2013-03-08), a spokesperson for the SPD party of Germany's southern state of Baden-Württemberg, had 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.

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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