Source:Hamburger Abendblatt (Hamburg)
Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Most recent follow-up news item: March 1, 2019
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.