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The Premier (Ministerpräsident) of Germany's state of Niedersachsen, David McAllister, has added his voice to recent calls for, and even outright declarations, of Reformation Day 2017 as a one-off non-working public holiday in Germany.
Last month (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 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 Mayor of the city-state of Bremen, Jens Böhrnsen, has also called for October 31, 2017, to be marked as national public holiday, or failing that, as a state public holiday in the state of Bremen ("mindestens einmalig als staatlichen Feiertag anzuerkennen").
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 (2012-11-04, 2009-11-27, 2009-03-25, 2007-11-01, and 2006-11-07).
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